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Burton fire crews rescue injured workman on high school roof

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Burton firefighters placed the worker on a backboard and secured him to the aerial ladder that was extended to the roof (Credit: Burton Fire Dept.)

Burton Fire District crews rescued an injured maintenance worker from the roof of Whale Branch High School early Thursday afternoon.

At about 12 p.m., crews responded to reports that the worker had fallen from the roof, but in actuality the man had fallen while on the roof, according to a news release.

After a brief search of the roof, fire crews and school personnel found the injured worker who had fallen from a ladder.

While the worker appeared to have non-life threatening injuries, the injuries prevented removing him by the stairs, the release said.

Beaufort County EMS personnel began providing medical attention on the roof while firefighters prepared to remove him.

Burton firefighters placed the worker on a backboard and secured him to the aerial ladder that was extended to the roof, the release continued.

The worker and a Burton firefighter were lowered to the ground to a waiting Beaufort County ambulance.

The operation to remove the injured man lasted about a half an hour.

There’s no word on the man’s condition.