Members of the Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services Technical Rescue Team (TRT) climbed approximately 100 feet Monday night to rescue a man injured while working on a Norcross cell tower.
Firefighters were dispatched to the tower, located in the 2000 block of Norcross Parkway, at 9:48 p.m. on June 9. Upon arrival, crews learned the man was conscious and had suffered an injury to his shoulder.
According to Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services Public Information Officer Capt. Tommy Rutledge, the worker apparently lost his grip on a climbing peg while approximately 125 feet up the tower. He fell 15-20 feet before his cable grab system halted his fall.
"He struck the tower and was suspended unconscious by his personal rope," Rutledge said in a released statement. "He regained consciousness after an undetermined amount of time and was able to lower himself a short distance to an elevated platform on the tower."
Two other workers on the ground called 911. First-arriving firefighters immediately requested the department's Technical Rescue Team for high-angle rope rescue operations.
A ladder truck crew was able to extend a bucket high enough to make contact with the injured worker, but was unable to retrieve him from the tower.
"TRT crew members scaled the tower (approx. 100 feet) to gain access to the man and perform an initial patient assessment," Rutledge explained. "TRT safely lowered the victim to the ground with a harness system."
The worker was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center for further evaluation of what officials describe as non-life threatening injuries.
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