About 140 miles northeast of Peoria, a construction worker was injured as he worked outside on a hospital roof. Firefighters then used a construction crane to get the injured man down.
He was reportedly "above the fourth floor" of the Edward Hospital in Naperville when construction materials fell on top of him. He also apparently fell in the incident.
"He had a fall," a fire department spokesperson said, indicating that the worker didn't fall to the ground, but did fall on the roof.
Firefighters initially climbed stairs and a ladder to get help to the man, but then had to request assistance from a special rescue team because access to that area of the building is apparently limited.
Firefighters then hooked up a Stokes basket (a stretcher) to a construction crane on the premises, strapped the man in and had him lowered to the ground by a crane operator.
More than a dozen firefighters were involved in the 40-minute rescue effort, the spokesperson said.
Several of the firefighters had been trained in rope-rescue and crane-assisted rescue operations.
After the worker was on the ground, he was taken by ambulance to the hospital's ER. No one else was injured in the incident.
The article we read did not list the extent of the worker's injuries or his medical condition.
Illinois workers injured on the job should promptly file for workers' compensation in order to ensure timely access to benefits. If those benefits are denied, the injured employee should speak with a workers' comp attorney.
Source: Daily Herald, "Crews use crane to rescue injured worker at Edward Hospital," Feb. 20, 2013
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