A heavy equipment operator was uninjured after his machine tipped over the side of a parking garage in Wisconsin while clearing snow on Thursday, according to the Madison Fire Department. 

Fire officials said the operator of the equipment was attempting to dump a load of snow over the side of the parking ramp, from the highest level of the seven-story garage, when the equipment tipped off-balance and flipped over the side of the ramp.

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. 

Officials said the operator was able to climb out of a rear window and return to safety prior to rescue crews’ arrival.

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The Madison Fire Department’s Heavy Urban Rescue team responded and secured the piece of machinery to ensure it didn’t fall over the edge.

A local towing service was also dispatched to help pull the equipment back onto level ground.

Crews were able to successfully get the machine back on the ground by using a packed pile of snow beneath the equipment to help create leverage. 

 

According to fire officials, the operator was shaken up but was not injured.

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