A worker was reportedly killed when a trench he was working in on Wednesday in a house under construction in. collapsed Grain Valley, a spokesman for the Central Jackson County Fire Prevention District said.
The worker was trapped when a trench he was working in collapsed just before noon in a house under construction near Southwest Tisha Lane and Southwest Hillside Drive, said Chip J. Portz, director of community risk reduction at Central Jackson County Fire.
Rescue workers assume that the worker was killed in the collapse.
“We went from a rescue to a recovery about 25 minutes after we arrived, and that is still ongoing,” said Portz. “We go carefully into the ditch with our people. Since this is a recovery at this point, we are taking it step by step to make sure the walls don’t collapse any further above us. “
The name of the company that carried out the work was not made public because it was not known whether the worker’s family had been notified, Portz said.
The fire department initially responded with three fire engines and two ambulances with about a dozen rescuers. In addition, the fire brigade’s heavy rescue team was deployed, which also brought 12 heavy rescue workers with them.
Officials of the Occupational Safety and Health Authority responded to the scene and will investigate how the collapse came about.