Rescue workers save construction worker who fell off stadium roof in Queens

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FDNY rescue workers helped a man who fell off the roof of a Queens stadium July 31, 2016. (FDNY)

FDNY rescue workers helped a man who fell off the roof of a Queens stadium Monday morning. (FDNY)

FLUSHING, Queens — Firefighters and emergency medical workers rescued a construction worker who fell off the roof of a Queens tennis stadium Sunday morning.

The man was working on the retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the home of the U.S. Open, a little bit before noon when he fell and landed on a catwalk, one story below, FDNY Battalion Chief Dennis Crichton said. He was in pain and couldn’t move. It was raining.

“For us, there’s an additional element of danger when you’re operating at a high level, and on top of that, it was raining and very slippery,”  Chief Crichton said.

Rescue workers stabilized the victim and placed him on a stretcher. They carried him 300 feet around the stadium and across 200 feet of catwalk, officials said. Workers had to cut metal pipes and railing on narrow walkways to get the victim to safety.

The construction worker was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition.