First responders rescue man who fell in east Madison pit

man fell 6 feet onto concrete with metal pieces
First responders rescue man who fell in east Madison pit

First responders helped rescue a man who was injured when he fell into a pit with a concrete floor on Madison’s east side Wednesday night.

The Madison Fire Department said crews responded to a report of a man in his 60s who fell into a 6-foot by 8-foot pit in the 2700 block of South Stoughton Road at 11:13 p.m. The pit was between 6 to 7 feet deep.

According to the report, the man who fell had serious injuries, but he was alert when paramedics arrived.

Fire department spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster said it wasn’t clear Thursday morning who called 911, but it wasn’t the man himself.

Another fire department crew was called in to help get the man out of the pit. Paramedics and firefighters placed the man on a backboard, secured him to a rescue basket and utilized a crane that was at the scene to hoist him out. He was taken to UW Hospital.

Fire officials said there were no witnesses to the fall, and it’s believed the man fell the full 6 to 7 feet onto a concrete floor, which had 1/8-inch pieces of metal pointing upward from the concrete.

Although it was about 11 degrees in Madison Wednesday night, Schuster said no weather-related injuries were reported. Paramedics kept him warm with regular blankets and heated blankets during transport to the hospital.