Worker suffers heat exhaustion, injured in electronic sign

Multiple fire department and emergency medical services crews worked together to rescue a worker who may have suffered from heat exhaustion while working inside a large-scale electronic sign.
Crews from the Klein Fire Department and Cypress Creek EMS arrived after 11 a.m. Tuesday to the Parkway Chevrolet automotive dealership on State Highway 249 near Grand Parkway in Tomball. Spring firefighters arrived later with a tower truck. While the firefighters conducted the rescue operation, CCEMS treated the worker in the sign platform which was approximately 50 feet from the ground.
Firefighters from The Woodlands rescue team arrived on standby while Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies were on site to direct traffic but there were no road blockage issues for them to address.
The two sign company employees were working inside the sign when one of them became ill inside the hot platform. The second worker climbed down the internal ladder and sought help. Two CCEMS medics and two Klein firefighters climbed the internal ladder to reach the injured worker who was not able to climb down the steep ladder.
Once the Spring Fire Department tower truck was in place, a firefighter inside the sign used a Sawzall to cut a hole in the sign, through which the patient stepped out onto the tower platform while secured by a harness and then lowered to the ground.
Since the CCEMS medics spent quite some time inside the hot sign, a second ambulance unit and crew took the injured worker to Tomball Regional Medical Center. That worker walked out of the tower bucket to the stretcher on his own.

Management at Parkway Chevrolet told CCEMS that the brand new sign had not been turned over to the dealership yet and the workers were conducting some final tasks inside the sign.


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