Worker injured in roof fall

25 April 2010, 09:16

A man's been airlifted to hospital from a seven-storey high roof in Oxford after falling from scaffolding.

Specialist Fire and Rescue teams and equipment were called to Oxford University's Christ Church College shortly before 9am on Saturday 24 April 2010.

The worker had fallen five metres, but was still seven storeys up and this made rescuing him a tricky operation.  He was eventually stretchered down, and then taken by air ambulance to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital with suspected neck and back injuries.

Incident Commander Kerry Blair said: "A simple rescue was complicated by the fact that the casualty was seven storeys up a scaffolded building.  Fire crews have comprehensive training and equipment for this type of scenario and quickly out into place well-rehearsed systems of work to bring this incident to a successful conclusion."

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