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Firefighters rescue injured worker harvesting honey on roof of restaurant in Burlington

Firefighters used a ladder to rescue an injured worker from the top of a restaurant in Burlington Friday morning after he threw his back out, officials said.

Tower crews removed the middle-aged man, who was harvesting honey from the beekeeping station on the roof of L’Andana at 86 Cambridge St. when he threw his back out sometime Friday morning, fire officials said.

The man was in extreme back pain and couldn’t walk, so firefighters used alternative methods to get him down, Burlington Fire Lieutenant Jim Browne said.

“He wouldn’t have been able to go down the ladder. We felt it was safest for him to crawl to the tower ladder. We sent a bucket to the roof [and] he crawled into the bucket,” Browne said.

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He was taken to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center for a muscle strain and is expected to recover.


Sabrina Schnur can be reached at sabrina.schnur@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @sabrina_schnur.