Los Angeles city firefighters came to the rescue of a construction worker who got trapped in the bucket of a “cherry picker” machine that had high-tension wires draped across it at a work site in Venice Wednesday morning, February 27th.
The female welder was not injured in the incident, which began at about 9:40 a.m. in the 3400 block of Via Dolce in Venice.
One Los Angeles Fire Department company and one rescue ambulance were called to the site regarding reports of wires down. Representatives from the city Department of Transportation and Department of Water and Power were also called to the scene for assistance.
When firefighters arrived at the luxury apartment construction site, they found the worker trapped in the utility bucket approximately 40 feet above the ground, said d’Lisa Davies, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman. Firefighters rerouted power from the site and used a truck with an aerial lift to assess the worker’s condition, Davies said.
The welder, who was then able to lower the utility bucket down safely, was evaluated by paramedics and released at the scene, she said.
Los Angeles Fire Department and Water and Power crews restored power to customers in the area after about an hour and 20 minutes.