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HSE starts inquiry into Yorkshire trench collapse

The Health and Safety Executive has said that it is looking into a trench collapse at a housing development in North Yorkshire that trapped a worker for six hours on Friday.

The incident at the site in Rossett Lane in Harrogate occurred just before 9am and the injured worker was flown to Leeds General Infirmary by air ambulance but it is believed the man sustained only minor injuries.

An HSE spokesperson said: “HSE is aware of the incident and making enquiries. We cannot comment further at this time.”

A statement from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said that it worked with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Yorkshire Ambulance Service to free the man who was trapped in a deep trench dug in clay that had collapsed.

North Yorkshire Police inspector Chris Galley tweeted: “It’s taken some detailed and challenging work but he’s out.” He described the rescue as “a massive effort”.

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