Rescue crews were called to the incident at around 10:30 a.m. local time when they discovered a completely destroyed building. The vacant building, which was previously the Copper Lounge, was being remodeled to host a drugstore. Crews are working to excavate the rubble to find the trapped worker. The man had been making noises to make it easier for rescuers to locate him in the debris.
According to USA Today, the previous owner said a construction worker and a woman were in the process of replacing a brick wall inside the building. Rescue crews were able to save the 22-year-old woman, who was on the phone with her mother throughout the rescue process. Officials freed the woman after three hours. The woman was hospitalized with injuries to her leg, but a spokeswoman for the hospital says she is in good condition.
Before the woman was removed from the rubble, rescue crews were able to free a dog that was trapped underneath debris, reports USA Today.
According to the Argus Leader, the area Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) director is monitoring the situation. In addition, the construction company working on the building has no prior workplace safety violations.
The following information is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).