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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Firefighters called to rescue man after fall from scaffolding

Firefighters from Shap helped rescue a workman who fell from scaffolding on a remote property near Newby village.

The alarm was raised just before 3.15pm yesterday.

The worker, in his 40s, had plunged part way down the scaffolding as he worked on the building project.

Watch manager Stuart Cook said the man had fallen from the third level to the one below, and suffered suspected serious pelvic injuries.

He said: “The ambulance staff had put the man on a spinal board but couldn’t get him down from the scaffolding, so we set up a safe system for getting him down with line rescue equipment.

“We then lowered him about 15ft to the ground.”

The man was conscious throughout his ordeal, said Mr Cook. He was then flown to hospital by air ambulance. His current condition is not known.

The property where he was working is between Newby village and Shap.

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