At the top of our game

Should there ever be an accident at a construction site in Ballito, we will not need to panic.

Netcare911 paramedics, their rescue team and members of the Ballito Specialised Rescue Unit simulated a rescue at a construction site yesterday, to ensure they keep themselves at the top of their game.

Under the guidance of Netcare911 rescue officer Konrad Jones and rescue instructor paramedics Gary and Shaun Paul and rescue technician Barry Chapman from the SRU, the medics set up a scenario. Barry was dangled from the side of the construction site at the fourth floor level simulating that he had fallen and injured himself.

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Paramedics and the rescue officer were hoisted to the top of the building and set up a staging area with medical equipment and a specialised stretcher. Konrad was then lowered with a crane to the patient. He then attached the patient to himself and the crane and hoisted him back to the paramedic crew.

Gary and Shaun stabilised Barry and then after he was secured in a “stokes” basket they attached it to the crane with a Helli hoist. After they attached themselves to the crane, they were hoisted off the building and lowered back the ground level.

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