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Crews free workers trapped 34 floors above Spring Street

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02 Nov 2018
MFB’s specialist High Angle Rescue technicians have managed to free two workers who became trapped on a gantry outside the 34th floor of a building on Spring Street in Melbourne.

Firefighters were called to the corner of Spring Street and Flinders Lane just after 8am and on arrival they observed that the gantry was swinging in high winds, and unable to be raised or lowered.

Rescuing the two workers was a delicate operation, but High Angle and Rope rescue firefighters managed to bring the workers to safety just after 8:35am.

The workers were checked over by paramedics who were on standby at the scene.

With very high winds predicted to hit the city, the next task crews face is to safely secure the gantry so that it does not cause any damage to the building.

Crews have set up an exclusion zone at the base of the building to ensure the safety of citygoers.

At the height of the incident there were 10 appliances on scene including one rescue unit.

More than 30 firefighters were supported on scene by Ambulance Victoria paramedics, Victoria Police, WorkSafe and Yarra Trams. 

UPDATE: As of 11:51am our firefighters have got the scene under control and have made the area safe. The gantry has been secured on the roof of the building and crews have left the scene. 

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