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December 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Injured construction worker hoisted off apartment roof

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Kent firefighters hoist an injured construction worker from the roof of an apartment building under construction. (Kent Fire Department photo)

Kent firefighters used an aerial ladder truck and a “Stokes” basket to remove a construction worker who was injured this morning while working at an apartment complex.

The worker suffered an undisclosed but non-life-threatening injury while on the roof of the five-story building under construction at West Smith Street and Fourth Avenue North, according to Capt. Kyle Ohashi of the Kent Fire Department.

Because of limited access to the roof from the stairwell, firefighters decided to use the ladder truck to get the injured worker down, he said.

Although the ladder can be extended to over 100 feet, Ohashi said it was barely able to reach the roof of the apartment building, which is about 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.

Once hoisted from the roof, the injured worker was taken to a local hospital, Ohashi said. His condition was not immediately known.

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