Crews rescue man from dangling scaffold in Sarasota

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) –  Crews have rescued a worker from a scaffold that was dangling from a high-rise condo under construction in downtown Sarasota.

The man was in the scaffold doing stucco work on the side of an 18-story condo complex located at 624 Palm Avenue.

A motor on the left side of the scaffold became engaged and construction workers could not get it to shut off.

This caused the scaffold to dangle between the 10th and 11th floor of the building, which is 110 to 140 feet up.

Firefighters arrived at the condo at 10:39 a.m., shortly after dispatchers received a 911 call about the worker.

A firefighter was lowered from the roof of the condo down to the scaffold. He then attached a safety harness to the worker and the pair was lowered to safety around 12:11 p.m.

The 49-year-old worker appeared to be okay and was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.

He is an employee of BCBE Construction. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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