Plumber's lucky escape after being left dangling in air

Fire crews rescue a tradesman from a broken scissor lift. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

Fire crews rescue a tradesman from a broken scissor lift. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

A BALLARAT plumber faced a risky rescue operation on Friday afternoon after becoming stuck 10 metres in the air when his hired scissor lift crane malfunctioned. 

Fire crews used a series of ladders, makeshift bridges and harness systems to rescue the man, who was stuck for almost one hour. 

The man had been working on a three-storey roof of a residential building in Lyons Street South, Ballarat, when he became stuck about 3pm.

Fire crews rescue a tradesman from a broken scissor lift. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

Fire crews rescue a tradesman from a broken scissor lift. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

Ballarat City Fire Station senior station officer Terry Fradd said crews managed to safely free the man just after 3.45pm. 

Mr Fradd said the engine on the scissor lift became disabled, trapping the man while he worked on the roof. 

Fire crews carefully rescued the man by harnessing him and dragging him across to the nearby roof. 

"We managed to safely bring him down," Mr Fradd said. 

An Ambulance Victoria paramedic at the scene said the tradesman was assessed and had no visible injuries, although he was cold. 

The red faced tradesman did not want to comment to the media. 

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop