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Auburn, Washington – Worker Rescued from Debris in Collapse of Retaining Wall

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Posted on February 11, 2020

Auburn, Washington (February 10, 2020) – A worker was rescued after being trapped by debris from the collapse of a retaining wall at Evergreen Way Southeast and Kersey Way Southeast on Monday morning. According to the report from KOMO News, the worker was conscious and able to talk, but had been buried up to his waist by debris. He was eventually extricated and treated on scene to stave off hypothermia, before being taken in stable condition to Harborview Medical Center.

The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. Crews from Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to the scene after receiving a report of a man who was trapped. At the scene of the incident, crews worked to shore up the dirt and rock, and an excavator removed a block that was preventing rescue.

About Crush Injuries

Accidents that involve objects falling on the victim result in what is called “crush” injuries. According to the Arrive Alive website, crush injuries can occur in any car accident, falls or a situation where a structure is collapsing. Even minor crush injuries can involve a lot of pain and discomfort – such injuries include bruising, lacerations, and sprained ankles. Major crush injuries involve parts of the body below the skin, and usually involve blunt force. Major crush injuries include head fractures, facial trauma, severe lacerations and blunt force chest-and-abdominal trauma, among others. Additionally, because of the events which lead up to crush injuries, victims will often require extrication or some kind of rescue to get them out of the dangerous situation.

While it is true accidents can happen, we urge everyone to do their part to ensure safety in their surroundings. Avoid  areas with hazards such as rockfalls and construction sites if possible, and be cautious if it is necessary. For their part, construction crews should adhere to safety guidelines and make sure that any equipment they use will not become a hazard for anyone else. Ensuring our safety can also ensure the safety of others.