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Firefighters rescue man trapped in NGV lift shaft

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11 Jul 2017
Firefighters have performed a delicate rescue of a man who fell down a lift shaft at the NGV overnight.

Crews were called to the National Gallery of Victoria at about 11.30pm.

A contractor was working four metres down a lift shaft when heavy steel equipment fell on top of him. 

Gallery staff on duty raised the alarm and MFB appliances were quickly on scene.

The steel plate (measuring two by four metres), with a heavy steel frame welded underneath, shifted, trapping the worker.  He was conscious with multiple injuries.

MFB High Angle Rescue and Heavy Rescue operators attended to assist with specialist skills to assist crews already on scene.  The rescue was a protracted one taking 1 ½ hours, to secure the plate and to skilfully and carefully harness the patient to remove him into the care of waiting paramedics. 

Commander Graeme O’Sullivan has commended those efforts, which ensured further danger was alleviated and no further injury occurred.

The cause of the accident is unknown. Worksafe and police will be investigating.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES: 6

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: Approx. 14

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