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Construction worker rescued after falling in large hole in St. Matthews

LOUISVILLE,KY (WAVE) - A construction worker who fell into a large hole at a constructionsite in St. Matthews was rescued Friday morning.

The incident happened just before 9:30 a.m. at the site of afuture Thornton's at Shelbyville Road and Norwood Drive directly across fromOxmoor Center.

[SLIDESHOW:Construction worker rescued in St. Matthews]

Lyndon firefighters lifted the man out of the trench and into anambulance. According to Lyndon Fire Chief Russ Rakestraw, the man was alertand talking.

Rakestraw said the soil aroundthe hole was unstable, which made the rescue more difficult.

“We've had some secondaryslides since we've been working here so we have to be very careful not todisturb the dirt around the edge of the hole and precipitate more slides,” hesaid.

 It is not immediately clear how the workerfell or whether he suffered any injuries in the fall.

Thorntons Senior Vice President of Government Relations DavidBridgers released the following statement following the incident:

"Early this morning wewere notified that an employee of Pace Oil Construction Company fell during afuel tank installation while working at Norwood and Shelbyville Road. TheState Occupation Safety and Health Administration has since conducted aninvestigation and found Pace Oil and Thorntons were in compliance with allconstruction regulations on this site. Safety is our number one concern on allof our construction sites. Our thought and prayers go out to the injured workerand we hope for a quick recovery."


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