Crane ‘rescue’ at Worthing construction site

Kier Homes' Waterfront development, in Worthing, played host to the training exercise
Kier Homes' Waterfront development, in Worthing, played host to the training exercise
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A WORKER suffering from a broken limb was successfully rescued from a crane in a dramatic rescue last Thursday.

But onlookers need not have worried for the wellbeing of the ‘casualty’, as the rescue was, in fact, a training exercise for the fire service’s technical rescue unit.

Kier Homes’ Waterfront development, in Worthing, played host to the exercise, with the service’s officers joined by colleagues from the Hazardous Area Response Team.

The unit is just one of 13 in the world, which makes up the International Fire Service division, on call to assist with disasters overseas.

The simulated rescue saw crews come to the aid of a worker on the jib of a crane at the site.

The incident was treated as a real emergency, with the ‘injured man’ being secured on a stretcher before brought to the ground safely on a specially designed cable.

Chris Kemp, watch manager of the Technical Rescue Unit, organised the exercise.

He said: “Training like this is invaluable to our team to ensure we are fully prepared for such a rescue should the need occur.

“By allowing us to carry out this training, both on this and previous occasions, Kier Homes is further demonstrating its commitment to site safety.”

Nick Moore, deputy managing director for Kier Homes, said: “At Kier Homes, securing the safety of our workforce is our number one priority, so to know that this resource is available, should we ever require it, is fantastic.

“Hosting this exercise demonstrates our commitment to maintaining, and indeed improving, our already exemplary safety record.”

Mr Kemp added the exercise had been a big success, with everything going to plan.

“The team performed well, so I’m delighted,” he added.

“We had the added pressure of carrying out the rescue in the early evening, so the limited light was an issue.

“But it is vital that we are prepared for any eventuality, and the crews coped brilliantly.

“Thanks again to the people at Kier Homes for demonstrating their commitment to site safety by allowing us access to The Waterfront. This kind of training really is invaluable.”