Construction worker trapped, rescued after foundation collapse

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) – Police say a construction worker was flown to Rhode Island Hospital after his legs became trapped under thousands of pounds of concrete.

The accident happened on Victory Falls Road shortly after 10 a.m. Monday.

According to Coventry police, the worker’s legs became trapped after the foundation gave way at the construction site where a house is being built. The property owner, who was driving an excavator on the foundation, said crews were doing drainage work.

Firefighters who arrived on scene realized the excavator was dangling into the hole created by the collapse, and they couldn’t go in and rescue the worker until they secured the machinery.

An excavator from D’Ambra construction, which was doing unrelated work nearby, arrived on scene to help move the excavator before it fell on top of the man. D’Ambra is not involved in the project where the accident happened.

North Kingstown Special Hazards crews were able to remove the concrete from the victim, who was then transported to the hospital via a Life-Star helicopter with minor injuries.

The site is owned by SKJR properties, which is building the house and has built several others in the new development. According to owner Steve Kent, the victim works for a different sub-contracted construction company.

Federal investigations from OSHA responded to the scene and are investigating the incident. A spokesperson said the review could take up to 180 days.