Mississauga, Oakville firefighters rescue buried man after trench collapses at work site


Published November 14, 2022 at 9:09 pm

Mississauga and Oakville firefighters worked together to pull a man who was buried up to his waist. - via Mississauga Fire.

Members of Mississauga’s and Oakville’s fire services teams had to work together tonight for a “high-hazard” trench rescue to save a buried patient.

Mississauga Fire took to Twitter shortly after 7 p.m. to share that they, Halton Paramedics and Oakville Fire were on scene at a house under construction in Oakville.

The crews responded to the house on Lakeshore Rd west of Fourth Ln after a man had gotten buried up to his waist. Halton Regional Police were also in the neighbourhood to shut down Lakeshore Rd.

The firefighters had to conduct a trench rescue to get the man unburied. This involves shoring up the side of a trench to dig a trapped worker out.

This is considered among the most dangerous rescue operations firefighters can perform. The trench can continue to shift or collapse even more. The rescuers can easily become the victims in these situations.

However, the Mississauga and Oakville fire services, “conducted a phenomenal rescue,” according to Mississauga Fire Chief Deryn Rizzi, “demonstrating sophisticated skills and top-notch teamwork.”

The man was pulled from the collapse shortly before 9 p.m. By the time they got him out, the man had been trapped for roughly three hours.

Once the man was free Halton Paramedics and Ornge checked him out.

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