CALDWELL — A construction worker was taken by air ambulance to a local hospital Monday morning after getting hit by a bucket that fell off a tractor into a trench, according to the Caldwell Fire Department.
The report of the incident came in at about 9:20 a.m. near the intersection of Santa Ana Avenue and Ustick Road. Either water or sewer lines were being installed when a bucket detached from a tractor and injured a construction worker in the approximately 20-foot deep trench, said Caldwell Fire Chief Mark Wendelsdorf.
The bucket had to be removed from the trench before the man was rescued, though Wendelsdorf did not know if that meant the man was pinned by the bucket, or if it was only preventing him from getting out.
The Nampa Fire Department’s ladder truck was used and acted as a rigging system to get the injured man out. The man was transported via Life Flight to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, but the extent of his injuries is unknown, according to Wendelsdorf. Caldwell Police and the Canyon County Paramedics also assisted in the rescue.
The trench did have a trench box and shoring in place, Wendesldorf said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident, according to a Department of Labor spokesperson.
The rescue took about an hour, as crews made sure that the trench would not collapse while the technical rescue took place, he said.
Just two weeks ago, two men were killed in a trench collapse near New Plymouth.