MANCHESTER -- A ditch that caved in on a 23-year-old plumbing worker wasn't shored up properly, a fire official said, causing Maryland's second construction cave-in in three weeks.
Raymond Smith, an employee of William Blubaugh Plumbing of Silver Run, was in stable condition last night at Carroll County General Hospital after being buried at about 4:15 p.m. yesterday.
"He was very, very lucky," Manchester Fire Chief Steven Miller said.
Two co-workers were able to dig Mr. Smith out in about five minutes, said Charles E. Bosley, who was watching the workers lay pipe in his yard for a new housing development behind his house in the 2900 block of Bachman Road. One side of the ditch "just dropped in. He just hollered, 'Help.' " He was never unconscious," Mr. Bosley said.