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CRANE USED IN RESCUE AFTER ROOF TRUSSES COLLAPSE

Firefighters used tower crane to recover injured workman from scaffold

A man injured when roof trusses collapsed has been airlifted to hospital following an incident on the Wolverhampton Road, Essington, Staffs at around 8.55am on 3rd February 2011.

He was treated at the scene for chest and back injuries. A specialist Hazard Area Response Team (HART) immobilised the man using specialist stretcher equipment, and lowered him to ground level from the roof using an on-site crane.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:

“On arrival at the scene crews found a man who had become injured when it is believed a number of roofing gables had toppled over. The man, believed to be in his 40s, was treated at the scene for chest and back injuries.

Due to the nature of his injuries and the location of the incident, HART immobilised the man using specialist stretcher equipment, prior to lowering him down to ground level from the roof using a builders crane.

The man was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment. The hospital was pre-alerted to the arrival of the man and of his injuries.”

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