Injured worker brought to safety by Montreal firefighters in daring rescue

Paramedics called in a special team of Montreal firefighters nicknamed the spidermen to lower injured man five metres to safety.

Construction worker suffers broken leg after 3-metre fall

A specialized team of firefighters, called spidermen, lower to safety an injured man who broke his leg on a construction site Tuesday. (Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada)

Quebec's workplace safety and health commission is investigating after a worker fell three metres at a Montreal construction site.

At around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, a 60-year-old man fell from what firefighters described as a ladder or scaffolding while working on the third storey of a building under construction on Wellington Street near Peel Street.

The man broke his leg in the fall.

Paramedics called a special team of Montreal firefighters nicknamed the spidermen to lower the injured man to safety.

"Since it is a building under construction, the stairs are temporary, so it was preferable to use a rescue basket to get him down," said Bruno Ruscio, the chief of operations for the Montreal fire department.

A Montreal firefighter known as a spiderman uses an on-site crane to lower an injured worker 4.5 metres to the ground on Wellington Street near Peel Street in Montreal. (Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada)

Firefighters anchored the injured worker with cords, strapping one rescue worker to the basket with him and using a crane already on the scene to bring him to safety.

Ruscio says entire operation, involving a 4.5-metre descent, took between 20 and 30 minutes.

"It's not a big thing for us," he said, downplaying the dramatic-looking rescue.

The injured man fell while working on a building that is to stand 15 storeys when finished. (Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada)