A potential tragedy was averted Monday thanks to quick action by the Hendricks Fire Department, First Responders and employees of the Hendricks Farmers' Elevator when an employee became engulfed in grain while cleaning out a grain bin.
The employee, whose name has not been released, was wearing his harness and safety lines when he was trapped in the grain and was rescued by responders using a grain tube, according to Kevin Bucholz, elevator manager.
The grain tube is a device made of curved interlocking plates that link together to form a tube that relieves the crushing pressure of the grain on a victim buried in it. The grain tube used was purchased by Farmers' Elevator and donated to the Hendricks Fire Department, Bucholz said.
"The employee walked out of the bin and wanted to go back to work, but I sent him home," Bucholz said.