Scottsdale Fire Department Division Chief John Whitney said the man fell 40 feet into a hole. He had been climbing out of the 15-foot-by-15-foot steel-reinforced hole, when lost his footing on a ladder and fell.
Technical rescue crews extended a ladder with pulleys and ropes over the trench and hoisted him out in a basket.
The man in his 30s was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment.
He suffered a broken left leg and ankle. He is reportedly in stable condition.
Technical Rescue crew being lowered into the confined space. Multi Agency technical rescue 122 st and Rio Verde pic.twitter.com/s0Lo6J4elY