The dramatic moment a builder buried alive under tons of cement sand is miraculously hauled to safety.
(China) — A Chinese builder has had a dramatic escape after he was buried alive under tons of cement sand.
The accident happened after the worker climbed onto the conveyor belt of a machine after it stopped working.
However, when the machinery suddenly started to move again, the man fell onto the large cement sand ‘dune’ below and was immediately buried.
Co-workers at the construction site in Nanping, in the south-east Fujian Province, rushed to his aid and were able to dig free his head so that he could breathe.
However, each time they tried to pull him free the sand kept sliding down and burying him again.
Firefighters were called and they set up wooden boards around the man to prevent the sand from sliding back as they dug him free.
After the sand was removed down to his waist a rope was then tied around the builder’s waist and he was pulled free.
He was taken to hospital where doctors said he was fine, apart from having inhaled some of the cement sand.
By Graham Smith