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    INCIDENT: WORKMEN LEFT STRANDED IN ELEVATED PLATFORM

    Fire and rescue service use hydraulic platform to reach trapped workmen

    It has been reported by the Southend Standard that firefighters have rescued three workmen when the ‘crane cage’ the were using failed whilst elevated at a height of some 15m. Security staff at the University of Essex raised the alarm after the machine failed whilst the men were erecting banners at fourth floor level.

    Two crews from Southend were sent and the Urban Search and Rescue team was mobilised from Lexden for its rope rescue capability but it was stood down before arrival. Assistant Divisional Officer Martyn Hodder said:

    “It was raining heavily and the men had been stuck for approximately one and a half hours before they had to call the fire service for assistance. Crews positioned our own Bronto hydraulic platform in front of the works vehicle and were soon alongside the stranded cage. In failing light and poor weather conditions, two of the men were carefully assisted across into the safety of the Bronto cage.

    In rescuing them, it greatly reduced the weight in the Hiab cage which then re-started, allowing the remaining workman to operate it and lower himself to the ground under his own steam where he was reunited with his colleagues and fire crews.”

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