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Crews rescue man who fell into 30-foot trench at UCSD

Crews rescue man who fell into 30-foot trench at UCSD
Posted at 3:26 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 20:18:35-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Fire-Rescue Thursday pulled a man to safety who fell 30 feet into a trench on the grounds of a work site at UC San Diego.

According to the department, the incident happened just before 3 p.m. on Voit Drive at Matthews Lane.

Crews used a pulley system to get the worker, a man in his 20s, out of the trench. He was then taken to UCSD Medical Center for treatment of blunt-force injuries and burns he received when he landed on a steam pipe. His condition is unknown at this time.

RELATED: 1 dead, 4 injured in accident at construction site at UC San Diego

Nearby workers and an officer were able to climb down and stay with the worker until he could be safely lifted out of the trench.

The incident comes after one of five workers injured in a construction site accident died on the UC San Diego campus in July of 2019.

Officials with California Occupational Health and Safety said a rebar fell on the side, causing the injuries and death.

City News Service contributed to this report.