Trench collapses can be one of the most horrifying incidents on a construction site. The UK’s Health & Safety Executive has released photos of the trench in which a worker, Mark Miller according to one media report
“…suffered a broken leg and bruising, and was incredibly fortunate to survive the horror of being buried alive.”
The same media report from Cambridge News says
“The court heard Mr Miller was saved by Hill [the contractor and Miller’s employer],…. after he rushed to free the trapped worker.
Robin Cooper, prosecuting, said: “He was buried up to his abdomen and felt his left leg break. More earth then collapsed on him and buried him to above his head.”
According to a press release by HSE on 5 March 2010:
“A Cambridgeshire groundwork contractor, [Anthony John Melvyn Hill], has been fined £3,500 after a worker was buried alive in an excavation collapse. [He]was also ordered to pay costs of £2,000…”
Significantly the media report provides some information about the lives of the both the contractor, Miller, and his employer, Hill.
“Mr Miller still works for Hill’s company, Hill Plant Hire, and a statement from him defending his boss was read out during the case at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard how Hill, who was working several acres away, freed the top half of Mr Miller’s body using a digger before the fire service arrived, potentially saving his life.
Mr Miller said: “If it wasn’t for his skill on the digger, I would not be here today. I am still working for Mr Hill and I will continue to.”