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Firefighters rescue worker who fell 24 feet inside Hanover wind turbine

Photos by George Rizer for the Boston Globe

HANOVER — Firefighters rescued a worker Friday who fell some 24 feet while inside the tower of the Pond Street wind turbine, officials said.

The man, who is not a town employee, was working inside when he fell, injuring the lower parts of his body, Jeffrey Blanchard, Hanover’s fire chief, said ­at the scene.

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Blanchard said the worker could not move on his own, so he was placed into a rescue basket, lowered to the floor, and then taken to South Shore Medical Center in Weymouth for treatment.

The man, whose name was not released, did not suffer life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Kevin Nord, Duxbury’s fire chief, directed the rescue ­effort by the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team, a group of specially trained firefighters.

He said the worker was on a platform preparing to step onto a ladder when he fell 24 feet to the next platform.

Nord said the man was then 40 feet from the floor of the turbine and that rescuers used a rope-climbing apparatus to reach him and help provide emergency medical care.

“He was placed into a basket . . . lines were attached, and he was lowered down from that level,” Nord said.

The tower’s small size and difficult dimensions presented rescuers with “a lot of difficulty,” Nord said.

“The space itself is cramped, confined,” he said. “Radios don’t often work too well, communication is tough, gear has to be logistically carried to the location.”

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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