A GROUND worker was buried alive last month when a 3m sewer trench caved in around him at a housing site in Southsea, Hampshire.
Danny Carter, 18, was digging a trench as part of the groundworks for an apartment at Devonshire Square for subcontractor RHC Groundworks when the walls caved in and he was buried up to his waist.
Although fellow site workers rushed to help, the wet and sticky soil kept falling back as soon as it was removed.
More than 30 Hampshire fire fighters arrived at the scene, stabilised the trench and cleared the dirt surrounding Carter, who was having difficulty breathing.
The rescue operation took more than five hours as the hole Carter was trapped in was 1m 2 and only one rescue worker at a time was able to work on freeing him. Workers could only use hand tools to slowly drag away the dirt because of fears the rescue could trigger another collapse.
Carter was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham after suffering from restricted blood flow to his legs.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service group manager, Jerry Leonard, said: 'It was a great feeling for all the crews to have such a successful outcome, with the lucky chap having relatively minor injuries.'