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Construction worker injured in ditch

Christina Proctor

A 40-year-old construction worker was temporarily pinned at the bottom of an 8-foot ditch Monday afternoon after part of a side wall caved in.

Manuel Pacheco, of Yerington, Nev., was trapped after a rock about 3 feet in diameter pinned his foot and lower leg, officials said. Pacheco, an employee of Ford Construction out of Sparks, Nev., was on site doing curb and gutter work on Glenwood Way near Pioneer Trail. The accident occurred around 2 p.m. in the 1600 block of Glenwood Way.

South Lake Tahoe firefighters found workers in the bottom of the ditch digging to free Pacheco’s foot. A co-worker and emergency personnel helped Pacheco climb out of the ditch using a ladder. His leg was splinted by Lake Tahoe Ambulance, but he declined an ambulance ride to Barton Memorial Hospital. Pacheco was taken later by friends.

A fire department official said the ditch was not shored up, which means it wasn’t supported with any props. According to Dean Fryer, a spokesperson for CalOSHA, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, when a job involves digging 5 feet or deeper contractors are required to do trenching and shoring of the trench.

“Anything 5 feet or deeper and there needs to be concern about the stability of the walls,” Fryer said.

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, Pacheco was treated and released at Barton.

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