By Christy McLeap

In the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles Thursday morning, firefighters saved a delivery truck driver at a construction site who fell into an excavation about two feet in diameter and 50 feet deep.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the accident was reported in the 1600 block of San Ysidro Drive at about about 8:40 a.m.

It took about an hour, but the 30-year-old delivery truck driver was eventually brought to safety at about 9:35 a.m. He had cuts to his head and face and was taken to a hospital reprtedly in fair condition.

CBS Los Angeles reports the driver was making a steel rebar delivery to a residential construction site when he got out of his truck.

LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said, “He apparently stepped on plywood covering one of several deep holes on the property,” “He fell as many as 50 feet down the 24-inch-diameter hole, landing feet first on compacted soil.”

A “confined space ventilation system” was introduced to the driver by rescuers so they could get fresh air into the hole. Humpfrey said, a harness on a rope was then lowered, which the man secured around his body. “Firefighters used an aerial ladder truck in a crane-like fashion, and delicately raised him to ground level with the fire truck’s winch,” Humphrey said.

An investigation will be conducted by Cal-OSHA. As a precaution, traffic was routed away from the area during the rescue effort.


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