- Associated Press - Friday, May 29, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A construction worker in Pittsburgh is recovering after the 18-foot-deep trench he was working in partially collapsed.

Authorities say it happened at about 9 a.m. Thursday while construction workers were digging a trench for a new townhouse development. It took rescuers close to an hour to dig out the worker, who was buried up to his waist.

Investigators haven’t released the worker’s name. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation. Chris Robinson, director of the Pittsburgh-area office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the crew wasn’t following proper safety procedures.

Robinson says the victim worked for Alton Industries. The company was cited in 2012 over trench-related concerns.

Alton couldn’t be reached for comment.


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