Workers rescued after lift breaks at GR City Hall

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Workers installing new heating and cooling equipment at Grand Rapids City Hall spent part of their lunch hour stuck seven floors up.

Two workers were using a lift installed on the west side of the building to haul heavy equipment to the top. The lift, which has been in place since October and is inspected every morning, failed for some reason. Its emergency brake activated, holding it in place.   

The workers weren’t hurt, but they were stranded. It took the Grand Rapids Fire Department’s High Angle Rescue Team to bring them down safely.

In video of the rescue released by the city, a member of the team can be seen harnessing the workers once at a time and lowering them to the ground.

“There’s a lot of knowledge that goes into this. It’s a technical rescue. Our calls are infrequent, but our training certainly takes a lot of time and we’re experts at it,” GRFD Lt. Bill Smith said.

The operation took about 40 minutes.

No one was hurt.

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