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    RESCUE AT HEIGHT INCIDENTS IN DUDLEY AND OTTAWA

    Incidents illustrate need to make plans for rescue when working at height

    Two recent incidents indicate the need for project teams to plan rescuing those working at height. The incidents drawn from UK and Canada are:

    • Dudley West Midlands – fire and ambulance crews worked together to help rescue a man who had a heart attack whilst operating a gantry crane. Fire and ambulance crews spent over 25 minutes removing the trapped man from the crane. He was successfully removed the man who was immediately taken to hospital; and
    • Ottawa Canada – the crane was used to rescue an injured worker from a building under construction at the University of Ottawa after he injured his back. Firefighters attached a rescue basket to the on-site crane and lowered the injured man to the ground.

    The Work at Height Association has published Technical Guidance Note 5 – Guidance on rescue during work at height” concerning emergency planning and the provision of rescue resources for work at height, either for rescue of an incapacitated person by others, or self evacuation of an individual without additional assistance.

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