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Firefighters rescue man hit on head by concrete block

A specialist rope rescue team responded to the call

26 November, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

London Fire Brigade officers helped save the man

AN elaborate rescue operation unfolded after a man working on a warehouse renovation was hit on the head by a concrete block.

The injured worker had been at a site in Fortess Grove, Kentish Town, when the concrete piece is said to have fallen from the ceiling.

Around eight firefighters used rope equipment to bring him down from a mezzanine level before he was taken to hospital by an ambulance crew.

Kentish Town station officer Andrew Cuthbert, who was at the scene, said: “The man was working in the warehouse to remove concrete from the ceiling, when a piece of concrete fell on him.

“Firefighters worked hard to rescue the injured man from the mezzanine level. They were able to adapt their rescue operation to ensure the man was removed safely.

“The brigade doesn’t just deal with fires, our crews are also equipped and trained to deal with all sorts of emergencies including rescuing people by using ropes.”

Mr Cuthbert added: “We have around 50 incidents a year which involve our rope rescue teams and sometimes the best way to carry out a rescue is by using ropes to raise or lower people.”

Specialist rescue units had come from East Ham and Paddington.

The Health and Safety Executive has been notified and a spokes­person for the government agency said: “HSE is aware of the incident and undertaking initial enquiries.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We sent an ambulance crew, who treated a person at the scene and took them to hospital.”

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