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Injured worker rescued from sewer trench

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Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue crews attempt to rescue a worker who was injured and trapped under a piece of heavy equipment in a 20-foot-deep trench in the 5400 block of Vegas Drive on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 | 1:27 p.m.

A sewer worker in Las Vegas was injured and trapped today under a piece of heavy equipment in an 18-foot-deep trench.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue’s Heavy Rescue Team responded about 11:30 a.m. to 5426 Vegas Drive, near Jones Boulevard, where a crew has been working on a sewer project since late August.

The male worker was pulled from the trench and transported to University Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, fire department spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

According to a worker at the site, a piece of equipment used to hold metal plates to a wall along the sewer line failed and fell on the man’s back, Szymanski said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.

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