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A day on the job turned into quite a scare for a man working in the mountains above Temple Valley.
He was performing maintenance work for Hawaii Electric Company when he slipped and fell backwards, sliding 200 feet down the mountain.
Honolulu Fire Department crews descended onto Kaneohe District Park at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Air and ground crews were called to help rescue a man who fell while working in the Koolau mountains.
“He slipped and fell backwards, and then rolled and slid then ended up about 200 feet below where he was working,” HFD Capt. Terry Seelig said.
The man, who is part of a crew contracted by HECO, was doing maintenance work on the support structures that carry transmission lines over the mountains.
“His position when he came to a stop was still on a ridge maybe 50 to 70 degrees in slant, still a precarious position,” Capt. Seelig said.
Getting to him on the ground was out of the question. The only way to send in help was by air.
It took a few fly overs to maneuver into the right position. Then, a stretcher was lowered down and he was strapped in, and then air-lifted out of there.
Air-1 transported the man a half-mile to safety.
Back on the ground, the man was alert and talking. He only sustained a non-life-threatening injury to his leg. An awaiting ambulance then took him to the hospital.
“We will be working with the contractor and employer looking into his incident,” HECO spokesperson Darren Pai said.
HECO says workers and contractors are trained to follow proper safety measures when in the field.
“We have extensive safety procedures and safety training procedures that go into just about everything we do. So, we will be working with the contractor and looking into this to determine exactly what happened,” Pai said.
The rest of the HECO crew on the mountain suspended work for the day after the fall.