Trench Collapses in Queens and Leaves Construction Worker Trapped

A construction worker was rescued yesterday, June 18, when a trench collapsed at a Queens construction site that was supposed to be closed. The collapse happened at 119-02 83rd Avenue in Kew Gardens at about 4:50 p.m.

The worker was stuck up to his waist in mud about 25 feet down for about two and a half hours. The FDNY freed him by using a vacuum truck and a backhoe. Medics rushed the man to Jamaica Hospital for treatment where he is said to be in stable condition.

The construction site workers were doing excavation work at the site even though a stop work order was in effect there, according to the Department of Buildings. According to Associate Commissioner Tony Sclafani, workers had failed to install proper shoring during this work, and this likely contributed to the collapse.

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