A fall left a worker submerged in a giant tank of peanuts. Fortunately, he lived to tell about the experience.
Two workers at Birdsong Peanuts in Suffolk, VA, were checking on the level of peanuts when one fell into the 50-foot tall storage tank.
A co-worker got a line to the fallen worker. When local firefighters arrived, the employee was submerged 15 feet under the nuts.
The firefighters got a self-contained breathing apparatus to the man. They were concerned he would suffocate because vibrations from passing trucks threatened to shake the contents of the tank.
The unidentified worker was connected to another line and lifted out of the silo. He was able to climb down a ladder on his own and refused further treatment.
No word on whether OSHA will investigate this incident.
OSHA recently fined a Wisconsin grain cooperative $721,000 after a worker was engulfed in frozen soybeans. The employee survived after being trapped for four hours.