CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston Fire Department say a worker is in stable condition following a wall collapse in downtown Thursday morning.
According to authorities, at 8:50 a.m. emergency crews responded to the area of Church and Chalmer streets for a wall collapse with entrapment.
A Charleston Fire Department spokesman said a man was working on the foundation of a building when a brick wall and dirt collapsed.
"He had dirt, thigh high, so not covering his body," said site manager Asia Spellman. "He was not immersed in the dirt at all, but it was thigh high."
CFD officials say when first responders arrived they determined the worker was pinned underneath bricks in the below ground foundation hole.
"CFD and St. Andrews personnel shored the surrounding area and began to excavate the patient," CFD authorities said.
The victim was alert and conscious at the time firefighters arrived on the scene.
Firefighters say the man's injuries are not life-threatening.
The victim was transported by EMS after he was rescued.
"We're just happy this ended in a good way today," Spellman said.
Spellman adds the company prides itself on being ahead of the safety game. She doesn't recall the last time an accident like this happened.
"[I'm] constantly re-enforcing safety every morning, playing videos and just making sure my workers are safe and covered," she said.
Charleston County dispatchers confirmed the collapsed wall was reported near the intersection of Broad and Church Streets.
Units with the Charleston, St. Andrews, and North Charleston fire departments, Charleston police, Charleston County Rescue, and Charleston County EMS responded.
Construction stopped for the day after the accident happened. Spellman says she's not sure when it will start back up again.