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Real life drama today
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New-Gen    Posted 07-06-2004 at 18:09:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Went to the dealership this morning where I had the wagon towed to on saturday. They have a grain vac so we got it all set up to load the wheat from the crippled wagon on to another one. Got it all transfered with no problems then headed off to the elevator. I pulled in there to a scene of ambulances and firetrucks!
One of their employees was buried up to his chest in soybeans!
Seems they had emptied the 60' tall concrete silo and were in the process of putting in the sweep auger to finish the job when beans crusted on the walls let loose!
The rescue workers got in there and built a plywood wall around the man to keep him from getting buried any deeper while the other elevator workers started running beans out of the silo into the overhead bins so they could get him out. They ended up taking about 5 semi loads out before it was all over.
All the while this was going on the beans kept falling off the walls, threatening to bury him and everyone else, as they worked to keep his protective wall intact.
They had an oxygen mask on him and kept taking his vitals the entire time.
After almost 4 hours of hard work on the part of the rescue workers and elevator people they got him out. He was taken to the local hospital where he was treated and released.
After unloading that load I went home and combined another load and delivered it.
When I asked about him they said he had come in to see them on his way home from the hospital!
I don't know about you, but I'd say his gaurdian angel was woring overtime today!


deadcarp    Posted 07-07-2004 at 07:59:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bet that's one guy who hugged his kids last nite. Life is short folks - and ya just never know .....:)


DigitalMat    Posted 07-07-2004 at 06:51:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Boy! And you thought YOU had troubles! I guess we can always find someone who it worse off. Glad everything worked out well. I definately believe in guardian angels, but I think sometimes they use humans to get the work done. Kudos to the workers who wouldn't quit until the guy was pulled out of there!


Greg    Posted 07-07-2004 at 04:45:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
He is a lucky fellow. I worked in and around elevators for 7 years and they can be very dangerous. It seemed that beans were the worst about hanging up on the walls. I used to stick my head in through the hole and let my eyes get used too the dark and look up before we would climb in. The company safety folks told us if you are in grain up to your waist and can't get a hold of anything solid, you are stuck. I believe them.


KellyGa    Posted 07-06-2004 at 18:45:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow, that kind of excitement I can stay away from! Glad he is okay. Must have been very scary to be in there and to watch it happening.


~lenore    Posted 07-06-2004 at 18:23:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes his angel was working overtime!
...but new gen, I think yours took an extra holiday day and left you on your own!!
glad you accomplished your job in spite of it. :-)


New-Gen    Posted 07-06-2004 at 18:35:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well Lenore, when I can end a day above ground, and able to take nourishment I figure my gaurdian angel is doing his/her job just fine!


ron,ar    Posted 07-06-2004 at 18:23:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats a scary situation, someone was in his corner. Oh I guess if it was a round silo/elevator
it didn't have any corners did it?


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