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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Imagine someone working on a bridge for a living, hundreds of feet off the ground. When those workers fall, but are saved by their safety harnesses, but they're stuck suspended from the bridge. First responders then have a unique challenge in getting them down.
With that in mind, the New York State Bridge Authority partnered with St. Francis Hospital to provide first responders in the Hudson Valley a lesson in understanding the dangers of suspension trauma.
"The response time is critical. You know, after 15 to 20 minutes, a person hanging with those harnesses, you're cutting off the main arteries in the body and the person could actually have a heart attack," said Joseph Ruggiero, Executive Director of the New York State Bridge Authority.
There have been several instances of people being successfully saved from these types of scenarios. Most recently, a worker was saved from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge in June.