September 10, 2008
A workman was trapped in a crane 10m above the ground for more than 40 minutes following an accident in the Auckland suburb of Parnell this afternoon.
Two men were injured when part of the crane collapsed about 3pm.
It is believed the men were erecting the crane in Crescent Rd in a residential area near the waterfront.
The first man was freed quickly, but the second man was trapped in the frame for more than 40 minutes and firefighters had to use a ladder truck to get to the men.
Fire Service northern communications shift manager Jaron Phillips said it was an unusual but straight forward rescue.
The fire service was called at 3.10pm and it was about 3.50pm before the second man was extricated from the frame, he said.
Mr Phillips said he did not know how the incident happened.
Both men suffered moderate injuries and were treated at the scene before they were taken to Auckland Hospital.
A Department of Labour spokeswoman confirmed the department had visited the site and was investigating the incident.
A crane boom had slipped, injuring one person and trapping the other, she said.