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    DRAMATIC RESCUE FROM HEIGHT CAUGHT ON VIDEO

    Painter in US saved by fall arrest and rescued after platform failure

    The US TV station CBS4 has posted a video on You Tube showing how a fire and rescue team successfully rescued a painting left “dangling” in his safety harness.

    The incident was caused after the suspended platform on which he was working tipped unexpectedly when the platform motor failed.

    The workman was working at the twelve floor and wearing a safety harness attached to a line secured at the top of the building.

     

    Reliance upon emergency services

    It is interesting to note that this rescue appears to have been carried out by a specialist state fire and rescue team rather that by the contractors undertaking the work.

    HSE policy in the UK is that those planning and organising work at height should not “just rely” on the emergency services. However, the services provided by UK fire and rescue teams have improved significantly over the last 10 years and can be part of the plan in consultation with the relevant local Fire and Rescue Authority.

    Working at height – A brief guide states:

    “plan for emergencies and rescue, eg agree a set procedure for evacuation. Think about foreseeable situations and make sure employees know the emergency procedures. Don’t just rely entirely on the emergency services for rescue in your plan.”

     

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