Ottawa

Firefighters rescue crane operator after incident at Hintonburg construction site

Ottawa police temporarily closed a section of Wellington Street W. after a crane operator suffered a medical emergency inside the crane's cabin at a construction site Monday afternoon.

Crane operator taken to hospital in stable condition

Ottawa police say a broken cable was a factor in the incident, which happened at about 2:30 p.m. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)

Ottawa firefighters successfully rescued a crane operator who suffered a medical emergency inside the crane's operator box after the machine partially dropped its load at a Hintonburg construction site Monday afternoon.

Firefighters escorted paramedics up to the crane's cabin to assess the operator's condition and performed a rope rescue — a rescue method using a series of ropes and pulleys — to lower the victim to the ground.

The operator was transported to hospital in stable condition, Ottawa paramedics said. 

No one else was injured in the incident.

A crane partially dropped its load at a Hintonburg construction site Monday afternoon after the operator experienced a medical emergency. 0:53

The incident happened at a tower construction site at the corner of Wellington Street W. and Parkdale Avenue, with first responders arriving at about 3:15 p.m.

Photos from the scene show a rope rescue team arriving at the site and preparing to lower the crane operator to the ground. 

Police temporarily closed Wellington Street W. between Parkdale and Rosemount avenues and have contacted the Ontario Ministry of Labour to see if it plans to investigate.