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Worker Pulled From East Harlem Trench Collapse

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City officials on Friday issued a stop worker order at an East Harlem construction site following the rescue of a worker, who first responders say became trapped after the trench he was working in collapsed.

It happened around 11 a.m. near a commercial building under construction located at 122nd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.

Fire officials say it took nearly an hour to free the 30-year-old construction worker who was buried up to his waist in dirt.

Rescuers say they used a Con Edison vacuum truck to suck up dirt as they dug around the man and rigged a pulley on the building's wall to remove him safely.

He was later transported to Harlem Hospital for evaluation.

"He was screaming 'help' and then when I saw that I was feeling bad because we don't have nothing to help," said Ricardo Santos, a nearby building superintendent. "The police department, they come and then we tried to help the police department."

"He was conscience throughout the entire time. The problem was he was wedged up against the wall and it was a very tight space so in order for us to work there safety it took a long time for us to actually set up and go down and get him," said FDNY Chief Daniel Donoghue.

Rescue officials say they believe the building's foundation was being prepped for waterproofing when the collapse happened.

An investigation is ongoing.

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