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Worker stuck in ducts rescued at Rice University

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 5:10 pm, Thursday, January 3, 2013

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  • Firefighters leave after rescuing a man from Rice University's Rayzor Hall, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Houston. Shortly before 11 a.m., the man, an electrician for the university, fell about 10 feet where he landed and was trapped between two air ducts. Photo: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

    Firefighters leave after rescuing a man from Rice University's Rayzor Hall, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Houston. Shortly before 11 a.m., the man, an electrician for the university, fell about 10 feet where he landed and was trapped between two air ducts.

    Photo: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle

 

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A Rice University electrician was rescued Thursday by Houston firefighters after he was stuck in the air ducts in the crawl space on the upper floors of a campus building.

The electrician was working on the third floor of Rayzor Hall on campus about 10:50 a.m. when he fell backward after the lights were shut off in the building, Houston Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans said.

The man fell about eight feet through an air return, which was about 12 inches wide, with his legs going in opposite directions. Evans said the man had a cell phone with him and was able to call 9-1-1 and his supervisor to let them know he was trapped in the duct work.

It took firefighters about an hour to reach the man, cutting through part of the wall, tin and part of the duct work, Evans said. Once the man was exposed, two firefighters lifted him by the elbows and pulled him out. Evans said the man did not appear to be hurt.

Chronicle reporter Erin Mulvaney contributed to this report.