SCDF moves mechanic stuck 10-storeys high to safety

SCDF moves mechanic stuck 10-storeys high to safety
A man got injured on a crane and needed SCDF assistance to be lowered down.
PHOTO: TNP

A rescue operation was mounted yesterday afternoon to reach a worker who was stuck at the top of a 10-storey high crane.

The incident happened at a construction site at Jurong West Street 93 when a 22-year-old maintenance mechanic was injured while working on the crane's counter-jib.

The New Paper understands that an industrial trolley on the crane rolled into the worker, causing a deep cut on his right leg.

Due to his injury, the unnamed worker was unable to climb down the crane tower ladder, leaving him stranded with a profusely bleeding wound.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at 12.10pm. It dispatched two fire engines, two fire bikes, one ambulance and three support vehicles to the scene.

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Paramedics and the SCDF's Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (Dart) climbed the crane tower ladder to tend to the worker's injury.

They also carried stretcher equipment to the top of the crane tower and secured the worker to the stretcher with safety lines. The worker was then safely lowered to the ground.

"Due to the intricate nature of the incident, we had to bring him down slowly so as to prevent any further injury," said an SCDF spokesman.

The operation took 80 minutes to complete.

The worker was taken to National University Hospital. He is in a stable condition.


This article was first published on July 8, 2015.
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