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Franklin firefighters rescue HVAC worker from cooling tower

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An HVAC worker had to be rescued by Franklin firefighters at 4601 Carothers Parkway.

An HVAC worker had to be rescued by Franklin firefighters Friday afternoon.

According to the Franklin Fire Department, the worker was trapped inside a two-story cooling tower at the medical building at 4601 Carothers Parkway, which houses Williamson Medical Center outpatient imaging and other medical offices. 

Firefighters were dispatched at 3:18 p.m., and according to Battalion Chief Joe Polenzani, it appeared the worker entered the cooling tower without shutting off or locking out power to the unit. When the unit automatically turned on, the worker was struck by the blades of the rotating fan, causing him to fall and become trapped in a narrow space beneath the fan.

Polenzani said firefighters had to remove a fan blade and crossbar to access the patient. He was transported to the hospital in non-critical condition by Williamson Medical Center EMS.

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