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Construction worker hurt after falling 10 feet on platform

ATLANTA - A construction worker fell about 10 feet and broke his ankle while working on a platform about five stories in the air Thursday afternoon.

It happened late Thursday afternoon on a construction site at 3280 Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

Atlanta Fire Rescue officials said a crew from AFRD Squad 4 was able to lower the worker to the ground without incident.

Whenever Atlanta Fire Rescue needs a delicate job done, they call Squad 4. They're trained in all kinds of rescues - this time, it was a rope rescue.

They used a ladder to gently lower the worker on a skid by rope to an ambulance, because the stairs in the building had not been constructed yet.

It's a rescue that firefighters train for year-round, but only have to put in use maybe once per year.

Going into the call, we could hear the radio traffic," said Capt. Chip Newell. "Once we got out there and figured out what we had, we put our plan to work."

"We enjoy training for it," said firefighter Zach Clark. "We enjoy the rush of doing the rescue and going to fires and stuff like that. It's not just a job for us, we enjoying doing it."

The construction worker was awake and alert when he was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta.


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