Emergency responders made use of a mobile crane at an ethanol plant in Greenville, Ohio, to reach a contractor who collapsed on a platform 150 feet off the ground Thursday.
Rescue personnel responded to Andersons Ethanol Plant at about 11 a.m. regarding a contract worker suffering a medical emergency atop a grain storage bin. Paramedics with Greenville Township Rescue, working in coordination with the Greenville City Fire Department, reached the patient and began treatment.
Swinging the plant’s mobile crane into position, responders were able to move the patient to the ground for quick transport to a nearby hospital, the fire department Facebook page states. Without the crane, a time consuming high-angle rescue involving complicated rope rigging would have been necessary.
Fire Chief Steve Wenning told Darke County Media that the rescue effort was possible due to the coordinated effort of both the firefighters and paramedics who remained in constant communication throughout the rescue.
The 135-million-gallon ethanol plant is one of the largest facilities of its type in Ohio.