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Posted on: September 21, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Murfreesboro firefighters rescue man from 10-feet-deep trench


Murfreesboro firefighters rescue man from 10-feet-deep trench


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) firefighters rescued a construction worker who fell down a 10-feet-deep trench Tuesday afternoon.


MFRD firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 2:15 p.m. yesterday on Johnson Street.  


Witnesses said the construction worker was walking backwards while guiding a dump truck that was backing up when he fell down the trench.


Fire personnel used a 16-foot ladder to climb down the trench. They placed the construction worker on a spine board to mobilize his neck and back.  Fire crews then loaded the man into a Stokes basket and walked him to a shallow end of the trench to get him out. 


The man was taken to the hospital for medical evaluation and care and then released.


The construction company, a contractor for Murfreesboro Water Resources Department, was working on a sewer rehabilitation project on Johnson Street, just off Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. (formerly Mercury Blvd), when the incident happened. 


Fire personnel with Ladder 1, Ladder 4, Rescue 4 and 11, Battalion Chief 1 and 2 and Safety 1 and 2 assisted with the confined space rescue.






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