A mechanical problem on a hydraulic lift stranded a City of Brier employee 30 feet above the ground for almost two hours on Monday as the worker was installing Christmas lights on a tree at Brier Park. Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 were able to reach the man and bring him down from the broken lift safely.
“The lift on the bucket apparently stopped working, leaving the employee stranded about 30 feet off the ground,” said Fire District 1 Public Information Officer Leslie Hynes. “The employee was cold, but uninjured. Firefighters used a ladder truck to rescue the man. The ladder was extended to the bucket where the man was stranded and a firefighter assisted the man down the ladder.”
While the lift stopped working earlier in the morning, Fire District 1 wasn’t called to the scene until just after noon. Initially the rental company that owns the lift attempted to reach the stranded worker with a second lift, but it proved to be too short to reach the man.
Brier City Clerk Paula Swisher didn’t disclose the name of the rental company. “I don’t want to embarrass them; we do a lot of business with them,” she said.
Despite being stranded on the lift, the city employee was in good spirits after the incident. “He was quite the trooper, to come down with a smile on his face and say ‘now I can say I was on a firetruck,’” Swisher stated.
The city employee was using the rented lift to install lights that are to be turned on as part of the Brier Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7. A lift from a different rental company will be obtained on Tuesday to finish stringing the lights on the tree, Swisher said. The lighting ceremony will go on as planned.