Man working on M6 rescued at height after suffering back spasm

A road worker who was part of a team renovating the aerial section of the M6/M5 motorway link has had to be rescued by ambulance staff and firefighters after suffering back spasms while almost 30 feet off the ground.

The incident happened on the section that runs from the southbound carriageway of the M6 onto the M5 at around 11.50am on Tuesday (5 May) morning.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man, who was in his 40’s had bent down to pick up a nail when he suffered a muscle spasm in his back that was excruciatingly painful.

m6-rescue-1-5-5-15“As if being unable to move wasn’t bad enough, the man was on a platform almost 10 metres off the ground.

“The initial crew used a stair case 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 West Midlands Fire Service Technical Rescue Team 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 for further treatment.


Pictures courtesy of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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