Firefighters rescue worker from Kansas City trench collapse

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal agency is investigating after firefighters had to rescue a man trapped in a mud trench at a Kansas City work site.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a release Wednesday it’s investigating the collapse that occurred Wednesday at an apartment complex.

OSHA says an employee of Hydro Tech Plumbing was injured after the trench he was working in collapsed. The worker was repairing underground sewer lines in a trench more than 10 feet deep. OSHA says it’s investigated collapses in which 23 workers have died since January.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://j.mp/2fMDoyO) that firefighters worked more than two hours to rescue the worker, who had become trapped up to his waist inside the mud trench.