Construction Worker Rescued From 55 Foot Hole At Carrollton School

By Matt Goodman & Jay Gormley, CBSDFW.COM

CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Fire rescue crews pulled a construction worker out of a 55-foot hole nearly 90 minutes after he stumbled and fell into it.

The construction worker is a 19-year-old employee with subcontractor Texas Shafts Inc, which was hired by the company responsible for the construction project at the R.E. Good Elementary School campus, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District officials said.

The initial emergency call said the man was working inside a trench when it collapsed. The man had, in fact, toppled into a hole that was drilled into the ground for a concrete pier.

Assistant Chief Gregg Salmi said fire fighters were able to speak to the trapped man when they arrived at the scene. The worker was rescued at 4:40 p.m., nearly 90 minutes after the man fell into 33 inch wide hole.

“Coppell brought out their system that would pump air into the hole, so we could make sure he had plenty of oxygen to breathe. We lowered a hard hat down to him in case anything fell down on him,” Salmi said.

The man was taken to Parkland Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, a Texas Shafts spokesman said.

“We don’t believe he’s wedged, we do have one of our firefighters down in the hole trying to put a harness on him,” Salmi said at about 4:30 p.m. “We will use a pulley system to try and lift the man out of the hole.”

Temperatures were near 103 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday afternoon.

“He went down with a harness. He was able to put that on the patient. He maintained verbal contact with the whole time,” Salmi said.


One Comment

  1. RitaB says:

    It’s not a trench, it was a hole 55′ deep they were drilling for some kind of pier. It’s obvious from the other TV stations’ helicopter shots that it’s NOT a trench. Get the facts correct.

    1. 2sister says:

      I really don’t think that should be our focus right now. The focus should be in getting him safely out of there.

  2. Grahawk says:

    Who wrote this story? A construction worker does not work inside a pier hole! Jeez Louise! Racing to meet a deadline without accurate facts…FAIL!!

  3. David says:

    The correction states a “hole” collapsed, not a trench. How does
    a hole collapse?

    1. Bobthebuilder says:

      Holes are very unstable…ground water increases these risk drastically…luckily no ground water was present…

  4. 2sister says:

    If you see a mistake in an article, the best thing to do is to contact the editor instead of putting it on the comment pages. That way the story stays focused on what happened. There are links that will allow you to this.

    1. Bobthebuilder says:

      The “drilled shaft” was 57′ deep and partially barricaded(partially because the machine used to drill needs an opening to swing through to spin-off soil) when the worker was picking up a rod used for measuring the shaft, and lost balance and fell feet first into the shaft…the hole was clean, solid, dry. Dry is important, because when ground water is present, these shafts become unstable and will cave in…fire/rescue did a excellent job!!!

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