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Kent Fire Department rescues injured worker at apartment complex under construction

Kent firefighters rescue an injured worker Tuesday from The Platform Apartments under construction at West Smith Street and Fourth Avenue North. The man suffered non-life threatening injuries. - ROSS COYLE, Kent Reporter
Kent firefighters rescue an injured worker Tuesday from The Platform Apartments under construction at West Smith Street and Fourth Avenue North. The man suffered non-life threatening injuries.
— image credit: ROSS COYLE, Kent Reporter

Kent firefighters used their aerial ladder truck and a rescue basket to remove a construction worker injured while working on the roof of the The Platform Apartments under construction at the corner of West Smith Street and Fourth Avenue North.

The Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority responded to the call at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The worker, who suffered an undisclosed but non-life threatening injury, was working on the roof of the five-story building under construction, according to a Kent Fire Department media release. Because of limited access to the roof from the stairwell, the decision was made to utilize the ladder truck to get the patient down.

Although the ladder truck can extend to more than 100 feet, it was barely able to reach the roof of the apartment complex, which is approximately 60 feet above ground. This was due to the distance the ladder truck had to park from the building and the angle of the ladder when extended.

Fortunately, there was sufficient distance to safely get the man off the roof, said Kyle Ohashi, fire department spokesman. The patient was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.


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