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City worker injured at excavation site

By: Grant Burr

Posted: 05/1/2018 5:00 PM

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STARS air ambulance crew members tend to an injured City of Steinbach employee before transporting him to hospital in Winnipeg. The waterworks employee was injured when an incident occurred in an excavated hole at the corner of McKenzie Road and Lilac Bay on Tuesday afternoon.

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STARS air ambulance crew members tend to an injured City of Steinbach employee before transporting him to hospital in Winnipeg. The waterworks employee was injured when an incident occurred in an excavated hole at the corner of McKenzie Road and Lilac Bay on Tuesday afternoon.

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A City of Steinbach waterworks department employee was injured on Tuesday afternoon after an incident that occurred while work was being done to replace an obsolete waterline.

Emergency crews were called to the scene of the accident, which occurred at the southeast corner of the intersection at McKenzie Road and Lilac Bay, around 2:30 p.m.

An excavated area of the sidewalk, next to Memorial Cemetery, was where emergency crews could be seen working to extract the injured worker.

The Steinbach fire department described the incident as a trench rescue, which Steinbach deputy fire chief Ron Chausse said was led by the department’s technical rescue unit.

City of Steinbach communications coordinator Heather Chambers Ewen said the employee was doing routine work to remove an obsolete t-line out of the city’s waterworks system and as part of that work excavation was being done.

"We did have an employee that was in the excavated hole. There was an incident and obviously there was an injury."

Chambers Ewen said whole sequence of events was not yet known and could not speak to what occurred.

The injured man, who suffered undetermined injuries, was transported to hospital in Winnipeg by the STARS air ambulance, which a conducted a landing on McKenzie Avenue a half block from the accident scene.

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