Man rescued from a building’s basement in Hatfield, Pretoria
The City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department responded to an incident where a male of 46 years of age sustained critical but stable injuries after falling from the basement stairs of a building on Monday, 7 June 2021. Charles Mabaso, deputy chief: public information and liaison officer at the City of Tshwane Emergency Services said that the incident occurred at a building on the corners of Prospect and Hilda Street in Hatfield, Pretoria.
Mabaso added, “The male patient was reported to have slipped from the rail of a staircase while trying to access the basement of the building for plumbing maintenance work in the basement. He apparently lost grip of the rungs of the stairs and fell approximately three metres down, sustaining head injuries.”
“Tshwane paramedics and fire fighters lowered a basket and scoop stretcher where the patient was securely loaded into, after receiving bleeding and intravenous fluid treatment. He was then lifted to the surface with the assistance of members of the public in the building, Tshwane Metro Police officers and Tshwane Emergency Services personnel,” said Mabaso.
“He was transported to the Mediclinic Medforum Hospital in a critical but stable condition. We would like to advise utility workers to ensure their personal safety by using appropriate personal protective clothing and fall arrest mechanisms when working from height. They must ensure proper grip on stairs when going down or up the stairs and ensure a systemic decent or climb of the stairs,” he concluded.
Source: Charles Mabaso, deputy chief: public information and liaison officer, City of Tshwane Emergency Services
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