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Worker Seriously Hurt in Construction Site Collapse, FDNY Says

By  Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner | May 1, 2015 9:48am 

 He was trapped at 1705 Dean St. after a trench collapse there, the FDNY said.
He was trapped at 1705 Dean St. after a trench collapse there, the FDNY said.
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CROWN HEIGHTS — A worker was seriously hurt after a trench collapse buried him at a Brooklyn construction site for a five-story apartment building Friday morning, officials said.

The man, whose name and age were not immediately released, was trapped for about 45 minutes after the 9 a.m. collapse at 1705 Dean St., near Utica Avenue on the border between Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy, an FDNY spokesman said.

"The trench actually collapsed on him," said FDNY Battalion Chief Steve Treco.

"He fell into the trench. It's about six to seven feet deep. He was buried up to his waist. He was conscious," Treco said.

Rescue workers used plywood from the site to secure the collapse scene before pulling him out, Treco said.

"We had to shore up the trench to make sure it was safe for our guys to be in there and then we extricated him," the chief said.

"He suffered trauma, but he wasn't bleeding and he was conscious the whole time," he added.

Crews pulled him from the rubble and brought him to Kings County Hospital with serious injuries, but in stable condition, officials said.

The Department of Buildings was called to the scene to investigate, according to their website.

Workers were building a five-story, 25-unit apartment building, according to the DOB website.

The general contractor for the project, Empire D. Construction, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.