A construction worker was rescued yesterday morning after he fell through a small ventilator shaft, breaking an arm and suffering possible back injuries.

Emergency personnel responded quickly with four fire trucks and two ambulances to a building under construction at 1110 Hamilton Street, above the Yaletown Brewing Company. A male worker fell one deck from the top floor of the five-storey building.

The worker was conscious when rescue crews used the on-site crane to lower him and a rescuer inside of a large bucket from the building rooftop in what was called a “technical rescue.”

Fellow construction worker Debbie Wright said that the man was “very lucky” to escape with non-life threatening injuries.

Fire battalion Chief Fred Couch said that the “simple rescue” went very well and only one rescuer was needed to assist the man down from the building rooftop.

The Workers’ Compensation Board is expected to investigate.

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