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Major rescue operation for roads worker

Ambulance and fire crews had to rescue a roads worker who had back spasms while on a platform almost 10m above ground.

The man in his 40s was working for Surrey-based contractor Concrete Repairs on the renovation of an aerial section of the M6/M5 motorway link.

After bending down to pick up a nail, a muscle spasm left him in extreme pain and unable to move.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance and its Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), while West Midlands Fire Service dispatched its Technical Rescue Team (TRT).

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “The initial crew used a staircase to get up to the man and started to provide pain relief.

“However, when the HART team arrived they took over as they are trained in working at height. They provided additional pain relief and got the man into a ‘Mibbs’ stretcher which allows them to manoeuvre the man more easily at height.

“They then worked seamlessly with the TRT to get the man off one platform onto another where he could be placed onto a ‘cherry picker’ machine which then lowered him to the ground.”

The man was taken to Sandwell Hospital and is understood to now be recovering at home.

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