Image by WMAS

West Midlands Ambulance Service had to use a crane to rescue a man following an accident at Frankley Waterworks on Monday morning.

A paramedic officer, an ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.Two men were injured when the ‘cherry-picker’ they were working on overturned at the building site where a very large new water tank is being created.

A man in his 40s was treated for a bump to the head. The second man in his 50s, however, complained of leg and back pain. Due to his location on the site, the only way to move him to safety was to use a crane to winch him, along with a HART paramedic, over 75 feet into the air.

Following the dramatic rescue, both men were transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

For more details and images, visit the West Midlands Ambulance Service blog.



  1. I drove passed the entrance along Frankley Lane around 8.50am, and saw Paramedic and Ambulance crew with lights flashing – waiting at the gates with no-one in site to let them in! Good job done.


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