wall collpase

A construction worker was injured Friday morning after a brick wall collapsed on top of him during work at a home in the 100 block of Iowa Avenue.

ATLANTIC CITY — A construction worker was injured Friday morning after a wall collapsed, trapping him under a pile of bricks.

About 8:40 a.m., firefighters and police responded to the 100 block of Iowa Avenue after receiving a call that a man was trapped, fire Chief Scott Evans said.

Construction workers were at the home digging a trench to install sprinklers when a 10-foot by 12-foot section of brick wall collapsed near the front steps.

The trench “undermined a section of the wall,” causing the collapse, Evans said.

The man, who has not been identified, was trapped under a pile of bricks, pinned between the gas meter and the wall, Evans said. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to free him using hydraulic rescue tools and emergency shoring jacks.

The man was conscious and alert when he was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, with unknown injuries, Evans said. No other injuries were reported.

Work was halted at the site until city code enforcement gives them approval to start again, Evans said.

Contact: 609-272-7241


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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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