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Worker rescued from Minneapolis project site (UPDATE)

Emergency personnel tend to a construction worker after he was freed on Monday from a collapsed trench in Minneapolis. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

Emergency personnel tend to a construction worker after he was freed on Monday from a collapsed trench in Minneapolis. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

By BRIAN JOHNSON
BridgeTower Media Newswires

Work on the 17-story 240 Park apartment tower in downtown Minneapolis came to a standstill on Monday morning as emergency responders rescued a construction worker who had gotten trapped in a trench collapse.

The unidentified worker was trapped in sand and debris released from a retainage wall lagging system on the project site at 240 Park Ave., according to Kraus-Anderson, the construction manager on the project. The site is at the corner of Park and Washington avenues.

After being trapped below the waist for about three hours, the worker was safely lifted away by gurney around 11 a.m.

“He was safely removed. No signs of any serious injuries, but they are doing a follow-up to make sure,” Gerhardt said early Monday afternoon.  “Safety is our number one concern.”

Gerhardt said the worker was trapped below the waist between the building footings and the retaining wall. The worker remained conscious during the rescue. Kraus-Anderson wanted to “err on the side of caution” and take whatever time was needed to rescue the worker, Gerhardt said.

Gerhardt said the trapped worker is an employee of St. Paul-based Bolander, a project subcontractor. Bolander is a provider of earthwork, utilities, demolition, deep foundations and soil remediation.

New Jersey-based Garden Homes, a company owned by the Minnesota Vikings’ Wilf family, is developing the 201-unit apartment tower. The building is rising on a former parking lot site two blocks north of U.S. Bank Stadium.

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