Emergency rescue in high winds at Carbonear construction site

Melissa Jenkins
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Man rescued from scaffolding at construction site behind Carbonear General Hospital

Emergency response vehicles were called to a situation at the construction site of a new long-term care facility on Earle’s Lane — behind Carbonear General Hospital — just before noon this morning (Nov. 28).

A man working on the Ellis Don construction site in Carbonear was rescued by a boom lift in high-wind conditions today (Nov. 28).

When The Compass arrived on scene, the workers from Ellis Don — the company contracted to build the facility — were gathering at the muster station.

Although details are scarce, RCMP officers have confirmed the situation was medical in nature. A witness to the incident said a young man was working four stories up on the scaffolding and passed out.

Volunteers with the Carbonear fire department, ambulance attendants, several town employees and RCMP officers were on scene to assist in getting the man off the scaffolding.

The ambulances made their way to the base of the structure, while town vehicles blocked the road.

The fire department's aerial truck was brought in so the firefighters could use the ladder to get the man down. A hydraulic boom lift — also known as a cherry picker — was used instead because the fire truck had difficulty getting to the building due to vehicles and equipment.

Details on what happened to the man were not immediately available, but one worker was heard saying he appeared fine after being taken down from the scaffolding.

Dozens of workers were on site today, some working on the scaffolding in high wind conditions. There is currently a provincewide wind warning issued from Environment Canada.

Organizations: Carbonear General Hospital, The Compass, RCMP Environment Canada

Geographic location: Carbonear

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  • Steve
    November 29, 2013 - 10:04

    At long Harbor we are not allowed at outside heights after 30 mph winds.... Something I believe all construction should abide by.