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Sanford silo accident never should have happened, company says

Posted August 22, 2012

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— The company of a contractor injured after he fell into a silo of dry dog food Monday said Wednesday that the accident never should have happened.

Mike Goodman, who works for Albertsville, Ala.,-based B&R Services, was working on at silo at H.J. Baker & Brothers Inc. in Sanford Monday afternoon when he accidentally stepped on the lid to a grain chute and fell 40 feet.

His leg was caught in a drilling device, and it took about 40 rescuers more than three hours to free him.

Goodman's manager and owner of B&R Services, Bob Rusk, said Wednesday that his company, which does minor repairs on silos, has never stressed the dangers of stepping on lids in safety demonstrations.

"But it will be brought up now," Rusk said.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.

Rusk added that Goodman is doing well after dislocating his shoulder and was ready to get back to work Wednesday.

Rusk, however, said he insisted that Goodman take a few days off to recuperate.

Fire Chief Wayne Barber said Wednesday that Goodman's rescue was one of the most intense he's been involved with in his 36-year career with the Sanford Fire Department.

"It's one of the longer (rescues) we've done, but the main thing is it was successful," he said.


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  • Fireflies Rock Aug 24, 2012

    Of course the "accident" should "not have happened". That's kind of the nature of accidents, right? I'm glad to hear the man will recover; it sounds like it could easily have been fatal.

  • thinkin out loud Aug 23, 2012

    smcallah is correct. When you combine Police, Fire and EMS personnel it all adds up. Many of those are support personnel that MUST be rotated in and out of the rescue area plus safety officers that oversee different aspects of the operation. 1 ambulance and crew for the original victim and at least 2 others on scene for any of the rescuers that may get injured. It is very easy to have 40 personnel on scene if you are running the operation as it is supposed to be done.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Aug 23, 2012

    Many employees don't pay attention to the warning signs of danger. I do hope something will be done now for the safety of all employees.

  • MonkeyFace Aug 23, 2012

    you know, at least they company isn't saying its not their fault... most companies would fight it saying the employee knew better... until the investigation came out saying it was their fault

  • carlostheass Aug 23, 2012

    Not Hating, Amen. That's the dumbest headline in a long time...

  • PracticalMagick Aug 23, 2012

    "Sanford silo accident never should have happened, company says"

    Ya think? Thank you Mr. Obvious.

  • smcallah Aug 23, 2012

    It's so easy for you to comment like that, but do you know the ACTUAL logistics of this rescue so that you can make an ACTUAL educated comment instead of a kneejerk political one?

  • Boycott_WRAL_Advertisers Aug 22, 2012

    Glad he's okay but 40 emergency personnel to rescue one guy?
    No wonder municipalities are going broke.