Burlington County officials rescue a construction worker after he falls into a hole in a septic tank

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MT. LAUREL, N.J. (WPVI) — A worker was rescued after falling nine feet into a hole in a septic tank in Mount Laurel, Burlington County on Wednesday.

The incident happened just before 11:30 a.m. on the 100 block of Waverly Avenue.

Officials say the construction worker fell into a septic tank hole in a backyard of an apartment building and got stuck in the ground.

Chopper 6 was above us when rescue workers were finally able to help the victim escape.

“The gentleman got hit in the head by the dirt or a rock or something they were digging up and fell into the hole,” said Mount Laurel Police Officer Kyle Gardner.

Crews worked to secure the hole before going inside to examine the patient.

“We drop two panels on either side of the patient to ensure there is no prey or collapse hazards that could fall on the patient,” said Deputy Chief Todd Evans of the Mount Laurel Fire Department.

Two rescuers in harnesses went down, loaded the patient onto a board and then into a military basket and pulled him out around noon.

Several fire departments from Burlington and Camden counties helped.

Police say the 55-year-old Williamstown man was flown to Cooper University Hospital for further evaluation.

Rescuers say he was awake when he was transported.

The victim’s name and condition were not released.

Firefighters say such incidents are the reason they constantly practice various rescue situations, including trench rescue and cave-ins.

“From a patient outcomes standpoint and from an incident outcomes standpoint, that’s what we’re training for and preparing for throughout our careers,” Evans said.

According to police, the man works for Lindsay Construction in Atco, New Jersey.

Action News reached out to Lindsay Construction on Wednesday, who declined to comment.

A representative from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was on site this afternoon.

OSHA has six months to complete the investigation and publish the results.

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