Worker in Pakenham Trench Accident Rescued by Emergency Services

Mini Excavator Digging Trench, Earthmoving WHSA worker was trapped in waist deep mud when a trench that he was digging collapsed at about 8.30 this morning.

The mud was like quicksand at the Pakenham housing development site where he was working and it took a mixture of 60 firefighters from the CFA and MFB over 2 hours to get him free.

According to Michael Cherry, CFA acting operations officer, the problem was caused by a combination of Melbourne’s heavy rains and a sewerage channel nearby that had caused the ground to become unstable.

Mr Cherry said that it was difficult to retrieve the worker and hydraulic pumps and wooden barriers were used to ensure that the emergency crews didn’t get trapped as well.

The man was taken to Monash Medical Centre with mild hypothermia. WorkSafe will be investigating the accident.

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