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Worker falls while working on silo

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A worker was rescued after falling from a silo in Guntersville. A worker was rescued after falling from a silo in Guntersville.

Crews rescued a worker after he fell while working on top of a silo.

The incident happened at Wayne Farms off of Highway 227 in Guntersville around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The fire department's ladder truck wasn't long enough to reach the worker, so crews had to use a crane for the rescue. They hoisted a make-shift basket to the silo and strapped the man to it to bring him down. The victim was alert and complained of ankle and back pain before being loaded into an ambulance.

Officials said the man was using a transport conveyor belt to get to the top of the structure. When he reached the top, he fell approximately eight feet. Company officials said the man was a trainee and failed to get off the conveyor belt at the proper spot.

Guntersville Fire Department Captain Brian Waldrop said that most ladder trucks can only reach a distance of 100 feet on average, but was glad they were able to obtain access to the crane, which sped up the rescue process.

The man was sent to a local ambulance, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

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