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A 46-year-old construction worker trapped for more than three hours in a ditch that collapsed yesterday on the grounds of the St. Paul's School in Brooklandville was in serious condition today.

William Brennman, a worker for Kinsley Construction of York, Pa., was trapped to his waist in dirt in a six-foot deep ditch from 10:35 a.m. until about 2 p.m. Firefighters stabilized the sides and dug him free.

Brennman was taken by ambulance to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore where he was listed in serious condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Agency was called to the scene of yesterday's collapse to see if the firm violated work-safety rules about shoring up the sides of open ditches, Battalion Chief Ralph Nelson said. An investigation is being conducted.

Nelson said Brennman was rescued from the ditch by firefighters from a specialized unit called the Advanced Technical Rescue team.

Members of the team engage in hazardous rescue missions that cover a multitude of scenarios, Nelson said. They include rescues from high-rise fires, swift water rescue, building collapses and construction cave-ins.

The unit, in existence for about two years, has added another feature -- two golden retriever dogs to be used in drownings and searches.

The work being done at St. Paul's is for the new student center for fine arts, according to the school's headmaster, Robert Hallett.

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