On Monday 12th November a construction worker pouring concrete at a major Severn Trent water treatment works was lifted 75ft by crane following an accident. Two men were taken to hospital after the ‘cherry-picker’ they were working on overturned at Frankley Waterworks. The incident happened at shortly after 8.25am on Monday during the construction of a water tank.

A paramedic officer, an ambulance and the West Midlands Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team attended the scene.

A spokesman for the Service said: “The builders were just about to pour concrete at the site when the accident happened.” “Due to the location the only way to get him out was to use a crane at the site. The man was immobilised using a specialist stretcher. This patient and one of the HART Team paramedic were then lifted over 75 feet into the air from the location and then transported to the waiting ambulance by the crane on site.

“Both men were then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

Key Facts
Severn Trent are the second largest water company in England and Wales. They supply a region that covers 21,000 square kilometres in central England and mid-Wales and provide drinking water to 7.4 million people from 181 water treatment works, and sewerage services to 8.5 million people.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have published guidance on working with ‘cherry pickers’ or Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPS) in their guidance note ‘Preventing falls from boom-type mobile elevating work platforms’. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/misc614.pdf

Further links to this story

Sky News
Crane Hoists Injured Worker 75ft To Safety
http://news.sky.com/story/1010639/crane-hoists-injured-worker-75ft-to-safety

B31 Voices
Paramedics in waterworks crane rescue
http://b31.org.uk/2012/11/paramedics-in-waterworks-crane-rescue/