The injured worker is lowered from the Gardens International site in the rescue cradle | PICTURES: Adrian Butler
A WORKER at the Gardens International site in Limerick city centre has been taken to hospital after he suffered what is believed to be a back injury.
The alarm was raised shortly after 10am this Tuesday after the man, whose aged in his mid 30s, got into difficulty while working on scaffolding on the third floor of the office development.
Following the incident, work on the site was stopped and an emergency plan activated.
Four units of Limerick City Fire and Rescue service attended the scene as did gardai and paramedics from the National Ambulance Service.
“We used the on-site rescue cradle to get him down but we had to get from the scaffolding inside the building out into the cradle so there was a bit of work in that,” said Station Officer, James Kearns.
Henry Street and Lower Glentworth Street were closed to traffic for over an hour as efforts were made to safely remove the man from the construction site.
A hydraulic platform was used to get paramedics and medical equipment to the scene of the incident while a tower crane was used to lower the rescue-cradle onto Henry Street where an ambulance was standing by.
It’s understood the man’s injuries are not serious and that the Health and Safety Authority has been informed of the incident.