Worker partly buried in construction

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A construction worker who was working in a shallow trench at the intersection of Harborview Road and Birch Bay Drive was buried to the waist down when material slid in from an adjacent trench. 

Around 9:45 a.m. October 5, a Whatcom County Public Works on-site contractor, an employee of Interwest Construction, Inc., was buried in a trench on the Harborview and Birch Bay Stormwater Improvement Project job site, public works spokesperson Marie Duckworth said in an email to The Northern Light. 

Employees on the site immediately initiated response protocols that included hand excavating the employee and calling 911.

First responders arrived on the scene and released the employee after evaluation; Duckworth said he was conscious and alert. 

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