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Worker rescued after trench collapse in Roane County
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Rescue crews were able to free a man who was trapped up to his chest in dirt after a trench collapse in Roane County.

The incident happened at 116 Moses Lane near Harriman at noon Friday. Emergency crews pulled the man, believed to be in his 20's, from the trench around 4 pm. He was taken to UT Medical Center by Lifestar helicopter. We have no word on his condition.

Officials said three employees of Danson Construction, based in Sparta, were doing sewer work at the location. There was only one man in the trench when it collapsed. The trench was eight to ten feet deep.

In addition to rescue crews working to dig him out, a doctor was in the trench to monitor the man's condition give him medical treatment.

In addition to Roane County emergency officials, Knoxville's Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad was there assisting in the efforts to free the man.

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A Danson Construction representative hung up the phone Friday afternoon when contacted about the incident.

Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration records show Danson was cited for a 2011 incident in Marion County, Tenn., at Highway 27 and Bailey Lane in Powells Crossroads, Tenn.

Records show four violations were issued, two of which were classified as "serious." The case was opened in December 2011 and closed in May 2012.

An initial penalty of $2,550 was later reduced to $1,350, according to documents.


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