Injured construction worker rescued

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— Emergency crews had to use ropes to lower an injured construction worker from the third-story of a building without stairs on Wednesday.

Steamboat ambulance paramedic Terry Lyons said a co-worker of Luis E. Solis found the 26-year-old man unconscious at 1:30 p.m. and when he awoke, he reportedly said he thought he may have been hit in the head.

Ambulance and fire department officials hooked up a rope system to lower the injured man from the third floor to the second floor. Once on the second floor, they used a forklift to lower him to the ground.

Fire Chief Bob Struble said rigging up a rope system to rescue an injured construction worker is not common, but he said the fire department usually has to do it about once a year.

Solis, of Edwards, was working at The Landings off Medicine Springs Road near the Steamboat Ski Area.

He was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center and admitted for treatment of head and neck injuries. A spokeswoman said his condition was good Thursday.

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