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Photo by Jim Davis. Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department’s high angle team assists the rescue efforts Monday to remove an unconcious construction worker from the top level of a four-story building under construction on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The man, presumed to be in his fifties, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Photo by Jim Davis. Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department’s high angle team assists the rescue efforts Monday to remove an unconcious construction worker from the top level of a four-story building under construction on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The man, presumed to be in his fifties, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Published on: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

By Jim Davis

A construction worker died Monday following a high-angle rescue from the top level of a four-story building under construction on the University of Maryland, College Park campus.

College Park Volunteer Fire Department responded to the construction site on Preinkert Drive just before 2 p.m. Monday for a report of an unconscious person. With limited access to the construction worker, firefighters and paramedics requested College Park’s ladder truck to the scene to assist in help removing the patient.

Once firefighters and paramedics reached the man, he was not breathing and had no pulse, said Mark Brady, spokesperson for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. CPR was initiated as other crewmembers devised a plan to remove the construction worker from the fourth level in as safe and expeditious manner as possible.

The PGFD high angle rescue team responded to the scene to assist in removing the patient from the top of the building, Brady said.

Photo by Jim Davis. Firefighters and paramedics transport an unconcious construction worker via stokes basket stretcher to the ambulance Monday.

Photo by Jim Davis. Firefighters and paramedics transport an unconcious construction worker via stokes basket stretcher to the ambulance Monday.

The construction worker, a man who appeared to be about 50 years old, was loaded into a stokes basket stretcher and was lowered to the ground via an extended ladder from College Park VFD’s truck. The rescue effort was completed within about 30 minutes after crews made initial patient contact.

Paramedics continued performing CPR on the patient until they reached the hospital, but the man was pronounced dead by doctors at the hospital.

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