Routine work at ADM Milling at 1120 King Street turned into quite an ordeal for a contract worker at the plant around 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
While being lowered down by fellow workers approximately 90 feet into a grain silo, there was an equipment failure, and the employee had an arm broken when he was hit by a falling ladder.
The workers managed to pull the injured worker up near the top of the silo, but could not finish the job, leaving him dangling inside the silo. At that point, someone at the plant called 911 to get help.
The Chattanooga Fire Department responded with several fire companies, along with some personnel and equipment with the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team. The firefighters set up a rope and pulley system and lowered Captain David Thompson, Jr. down approximately 15 feet to get to the victim. Captain Thompson said the victim was conscious and alert, but was in a lot of pain. After securing the victim into a Reeves Sleave, the firefighters lifted him up and out of the silo.
The victim was then handed off to paramedics with Hamilton County EMS, who transported the victim to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment of his broken arm.
Chattanooga firefighters and EMS personnel roll the victim out on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. Some of the responders were covered with a layer of flour, which they acquired while getting the victim out of the silo. AMD Milling produces flour at its plant on King Street
- Photo2 by Bruce Garner