Worker Building Border Wall Prototype Falls Down 40-Foot Hole

The project to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico got off to a rough start Wednesday when a worker fell 40 feet down a hole that was made for one of the wall prototypes.

The worker survived the incident and returned to work, NBC San Diego reported.

The accident occurred in a neighborhood in southern San Diego not far from the Mexican border. It’s there that six companies are building eight versions of border walls to present to the government.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced this week that construction on the prototypes is underway as President Donald Trump pushes forward with his plan to build a border wall. Currently there are walls and/or fences at certain areas along the border.

Each prototype will be 18-30 feet high.

The worker who fell Wednesday was apparently helping dig the foundation for one of the prototypes when he walked backward and plummeted into the hole. Rescue officials on the scene were able to get him out and, after checking him for injuries, determined he was unharmed.

Four of the wall prototypes will be made of concrete, while the others will use different materials.

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