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Man Caught in Auger

Emergency crews rush into action after hearing of a person fallen in an auger grain silo in Waterford.
July 16, 2014

A man gets caught in a grain auger in Waterford, and crews try to get him free.

The incident happened at Troyer Growers on Route 97 in Waterford.

According to Stancliff Hose Company Assistant Fire Chief, Harry Latta, the man and a co-worker were cleaning old corn out of a nearly empty silo on the property. As the grain auger was running, the man became entangled and his co-worker hit the emergency shut off button and called 911.

Latta says when crews arrived, they immediately had to apply get the bleeding under control while the man was still inside the auger. Troyer employees dismantled the equipment and helped emergency crews get their co-worker free.

A helicopter was standing by to fly the victim to UPMC Hamot where he was taken straight into surgery for both full and partial arm and leg amputations, as well as other procedures for internal and external injuries. Harry Latta says as of 4:30 p.m., the victim was out of surgery and stable, but more surgeries are anticipated.

The National Safety Council ranks agriculture as the most hazardous industry in the country. Each year, thousands of farm workers are injured on the job. Today was no exception.

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