Emergency crews pull AT&T worker from open manhole
Posted August 22
Raleigh, N.C. — Emergency crews worked Tuesday afternoon to pull an AT&T worker from an open manhole in west Raleigh.
The worker was part of a team pulling fiber lines along Chapel Hill Road near Interstate 40 when he fell into the manhole, authorities said. He was conscious after the 15-foot fall, but he was unable to get out of the hole.
"He's lucky that he is alive. He could have fell head first. He is really lucky to be alive," co-worker Jonathan Murray said.
Emergency workers had to file the permit for a confined space rescue required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – crews need to make sure that the hole is free of toxic fumes before sending anyone else in – before they could send a harness down the manhole so the worker could be extricated.
The worker was rushed to a nearby hospital, but there was no word on his condition.
One lane of Chapel Hill Road was closed during the rescue operation.