Public Safety Blotter Articles

EMS, Fire Rescue Male from Scaffold Platform

Date: November 29, 2019
Incident Type: Unconscious Male/ Rope Rescue
Location: Zone 1

Just after 3 p.m. Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS and Fire were called to the 1300 block of N. Franklin Street for an unconscious male.

When they arrived on scene they discovered the male had suffered some type of medical episode while working on a scaffold platform with a crew that was doing masonry work between two buildings that were only 3 feet apart.

The scaffolding ran the entire width and height of the space. EMS workers were able to get on to the platform to treat him, where he regained consciousness, but was unable to move. 

Rescue teams had to devise an elaborate rope and pulley system to get him into a victim harness so they could lower him to the ground.

They could not bring him through the ends of the scaffolding or get him up to the roof. The five rescuers had to use the little space there was between the buildings and the scaffolding to lower him 40 feet to the ground. The rescue took about one hour.

Once safely on the ground, the male was trasported to Allegheny General Hospital in stable condition. 


Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz