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Worker rescued from Sanford silo

Posted August 20, 2012
Updated August 21, 2012

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— A contractor who fell into a silo of dog food in Sanford Monday afternoon was rescued and expected to be OK, Fire Chief Wayne Barber said.

The man, whose name was not released, accidentally stepped on the lid to a chute, fell about 40 feet down the chute shaft and became trapped in the silo around 1:30 p.m. at the H.J. Baker & Brothers, Inc. plant on McNeill Road. 

His leg got caught in a drilling device, which complicated the rescue, Barber said.

The contractor was up to his waist in dog food because the silo was only about one-quarter to one-third of the way full. He never lost consciousness, but did become dehydrated after several hours in the silo, Barber said.

He was airlifted to WakeMed in Raleigh. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known.

Barber said more than 60 emergency crews were dispatched to the scene to assist with the rescue.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

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  • albegadeep Aug 21, 3:32 p.m.

    Shouldn't there have been a railing or some other barrier there?

  • WHEEL Aug 21, 3:17 p.m.

    An "auger" in this instance is a screw conveyor for moving granular material and not a drilling device.

  • IMissYouOscar Aug 21, 2:41 p.m.

    piene2

    It is spelled differently not differentially

  • sidecutter Aug 21, 12:04 p.m.

    Where was Lassie when we needed her? OH I see- she was there but was busy eating all the food to save him. Good girl!

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Aug 21, 10:26 a.m.

    They always edit the stories over time. Anyway, glad he's okay. You would think they could have dropped a bottle of water down the same chute (after telling him to cover his head).

  • piene2 Aug 21, 8:16 a.m.

    "The contractor was up to his waist in dog food because the silo was only about one-quarter to one-third of the way full. He never lost consciousness, but did become dehydrated after several hours in the silo, Barber said."

    "He was up to his waist in dog food because the silo was only about one-thirds full, authorities said."

    That would be one-third, not one-thirds. Glad he's okay!
    carlostheass"

    I guess you read differentially than the rest of us.

  • piene2 Aug 21, 8:13 a.m.

    Well at least he did not go hungry.

  • zacksmill Aug 20, 7:48 p.m.

    They couldn't get water to him?-jahausa

    MMMMMMMMM!!!! Gravy!!

  • jahausa Aug 20, 6:00 p.m.

    They couldn't get water to him?

  • carlostheass Aug 20, 5:19 p.m.

    "He was up to his waist in dog food because the silo was only about one-thirds full, authorities said."

    That would be one-third, not one-thirds. Glad he's okay!