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    FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE WORKER FROM TOWER

    Injured worker rescued during refurb work on iconic tower

    Northampton Fire Service has rescued a workman man from the Express Lifts Tower in Northampton. The workman was involved in electrical cabling works when he was injured by a ‘rolling drum’.

    The tower was opened by the Queen in 1982 as a test facilty for Express Lifts and closed in 1997 when it was then granted Grade Two listed status.

    The tower is being restored for research and testing purposes by University of Northampton and the lift-industry.

    Fire & Rescue Manager, Gavin Ellis, said: “The cable was being pulled by a winch and it pulled a bit quick so the drum was pulled onto its side and it started rolling around. The man got knocked over by it and suffered injuries to his ankle and chest.”

    A high lift was used with a “scoop stretcher” to remove the injured man to the ground from where he was taken to hospital.

    Comment: We understand that the injured workman was stranded at a height of some 400ft. The planning requirement under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 requires planning for ’emergencies and rescue’.

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