**PRESS RELEASE FROM SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT**
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A partial trench collapse injured a man working on a water line hook up at 518 N. Flora Ave in Spokane Valley Monday evening. Valley Ladder 10 initially responded to a reported fall just before 7:30pm with injury but upon arrival found the man on his back at the bottom of a trench. Ladder 10 called for an immediate Trench Rescue response bringing specialized crews from Spokane Valley and Spokane Fire Departments. Crews worked quickly to shore up the sides of the trench creating a safe working space. The patient was stabilized in the trench and extricated soon after. Both Technical Rescue teams worked seamlessly together to affect the rescue. The patient was transferred to the hospital in stable condition.
Any excavation deeper than four (4) feet with sides less than 34 degrees requires shoring to safely work in. Spokane Valley has predominantly Type C, low cohesive soil. This is the most unstable type for excavations. Additionally the large quantities of rain this spring are a contributing factor to soil instability. Please be sure to use shoring whenever working in a trench.