Collapsed man rescued from 40ft up

PUBLISHED: 20:32 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:26 05 May 2010

A MAN was rescued from scaffolding today (Wednesday) after he collapsed. He was putting up the scaffolding at a property in Fishers Green Road, Todds Green on the outskirts of Stevenage shortly before 8.30am when he experienced a back problem and became s

A MAN was rescued from scaffolding today (Wednesday) after he collapsed.

He was putting up the scaffolding at a property in Fishers Green Road, Todds Green on the outskirts of Stevenage shortly before 8.30am when he experienced a back problem and became stuck 40 feet above the ground.

Two fire crews from Stevenage and Welwyn GC attended the scene and used an aerial ladder platform to help paramedics gain access to him.

The man was then lifted to the ground on a spinal board.

Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service who attended the scene, said: "The man was in considerable pain. Due to the difficult access to treat and stabilise him, the fire service were called to assist in the rescue."

Letchworth-based paramedic Cath Rushford who attended the scene with colleague Richard Cannon said: "I was taken up to the patient in the fire service aerial ladder, which enabled me to carry out a thorough examination of his injury. The man was suffering with back pains which required pain relief before he was lifted safely to the ground. After a short period he was moved from the scaffolding to an awaiting ambulance."

The man was taken to Lister Hospital for treatment and discharged in the afternoon.

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