Ottawa

Worker rescued from Ottawa construction site roof

Firefighters use a crane to rescue an injured worker from atop a building under construction at the University of Ottawa.
Firefighters used a crane to bring a construction worker down from an eight-storey height. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)

Firefighters used a crane to rescue an injured worker from atop a building under construction at the University of Ottawa.

Emergency responders arrived at the construction site at 136 Jean Jacques Lussier Private on Monday morning and learned a worker on the building had injured his back.

Paramedics treated the 21-year-old man from atop the structure, which is currently the equivalent of seven storeys and only has stairwell access as high as the fifth floor.

Firefighters attached a rescue basket to an on-site crane and, with the aid of the crane operator, lifted a firefighter in the basket to the building's top. The worker was then loaded onto the crane and lowered down.

Firefighter rescue team member Marc Frappier said he worked with the crane operator to ensure the rescue went smoothly.

"I had a great vantage point to see everything and it looked real smooth. Even the rescuer said he never felt a bump or anything down," said Frappier.

The worker was conscious and in the care of paramedics. He is in stable condition in hospital.

With files from the CBC's Giacomo Panico

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