Worker Falls 22 Feet into Pit at Olmsted Recycling Center

Posted at: 04/24/2013 10:28 AM
Updated at: 04/24/2013 6:46 PM
By: Laura Lee

(ABC 6 News) - An Olmsted County employee was sent to the hospital Wednesday morning after falling nearly two stories into a garbage pit.

Officials tell ABC 6, the county employee was unloading confidential documents into the garbage pit when he somehow became disconnected from his safety harness and fell about 22 feet.

The incident happened a little after 9:30 a.m. Officials say the Waste-to-Energy Plant worker was in the back of a recycling truck on a platform when he was unloading and should have been wearing his safety harness.

"We have our regular safety reviews and training and provide personal protective equipment for these situations of course we're always looking for ways to improve, we will be reviewing this situation and will make changes if necessary," says John Helmers, Director of Environmental Services with Olmsted County.

Rochester Fire and Police as well as first responders responded. Fire rescue and paramedics hoisted the worker out of the pit in a basket.

Authorities say the worker was conscious and talking at the time. However, he was taken by ambulance to Saint Marys Hospital.

The incident is under investigation.