Firefighters rescue engineer from telegraph pole in Javea

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DENIA FIREFIGHTERS rescued a telecommunications engineer in Javea on Tuesday morning from the telegraph pole on which he was working in the El Tosalet urbanisation.

Officers from the Policia Local and the Guardia Civil arrived on the scene followed by an ambulance.

Medics confirmed the engineer had suffered suspension trauma.

Suspension trauma, also known as harness hang syndrome (HHS), or orthostatic intolerance, is an effect which occurs when the human body is held upright without any movement for a period of time.

If the person is strapped into a harness or tied to an upright object they will eventually faint.

If one faints but remains vertical, one risks death due to the brain not receiving the oxygen it requires.

The ambulance took the engineer straight from Hospital de Denia-MarinaSalud where he remained under observation.

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