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Manitoba worker killed when trench walls collapsed, trapping him for hours: RCMP

RCMP say a 39-year-old man from the RM of Hanover is dead after the walls of a large trench he was digging collapsed Wednesday.
RCMP say a 39-year-old man from the RM of Hanover is dead after the walls of a large trench he was digging collapsed Wednesday. File / Global News

A construction worker is dead after the walls of a large trench he was helping to dig at a worksite near Oakbank, Man., collapsed, trapping him for hours as rescuers tried to save him, say RCMP.

Police say workers were digging the trench at a worksite on Hillside Road, in the RM of Springfield, when the walls collapsed around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, trapping the man.

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Emergency crews including the RM of Springfield Fire Department and a specialized team from the Winnipeg Fire Department worked for several hours to rescue the man, according to police.

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The worker, a 39-year-old man from the RM of Hanover, was located around 9:30 a.m. Thursday and was pronounced dead at the scene, say police.

Oakbank RCMP continue to investigate along with Workplace Safety and Health.

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