WASHINGTON - A high-angle rescue team was safely able to get two construction workers off of a disabled boom lift stuck about 10 stories high in Southeast D.C.
D.C. Fire and EMS Deputy Fire Chief John Donnelly said the workers were stranded on the construction equipment in the 1200 block of First Street at around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Using ropes and a ladder, both workers were able to climb their way up from the lift bucket to the roof of the building just before 6:30 p.m. Donnelly said this was a very complex rescue that took about 90 minutes.
"There's a lot of things going on -- there's some weather coming through, just the fact they are up there and the machine isn't working the way it is supposed to," said Donnelly. "They could be in some danger if the weather changed or if something else went wrong with the machine. I think they were pretty comfortable. They hadn't been up there that long and they are out of there."
1st St SE 2 workers stranded in disabled lift bucket 10 stories up. Special Ops teams working on safe removal plan. pic.twitter.com/us0NoDrvt7— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) March 28, 2017
We continue to work on a careful & safe plan for removal. Workers are in no immediate danger. pic.twitter.com/KV7B5ilPBi— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) March 28, 2017
Using our expertise to haul a ladder to roof for possible use. pic.twitter.com/6SCPJ8f5Tu— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) March 28, 2017
The first individual has been removed from lift bucket via ladder bridge. Preparing to remove 2nd in same fashion. pic.twitter.com/nI6TH2OJTh— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) March 28, 2017
2nd person safely removed from bucket. No injuries during course of operation. pic.twitter.com/ObG4LCDX5p— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) March 28, 2017
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