Farm worker rescued after falling into grain bin

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A Petrolia area farm worker was shaken but okay after falling into a grain bin he was cleaning.

Petrolia/North Enniskillen Fire Chief Jay Arns says crews were called to Churchill Line about 8:30 pm last night. When they arrived they used the ladder truck to set up a rope system and lowered a firefighter from the tactical rescue unit into the bin to see how the man was.

While the bin was empty, Arns says it was still a tricky situation. “It would have been slippery and it would have been a lot of debris and stuff inside the silo as well. There’s definitely some challenges with getting getting packaged up and getting ready to come out.

“”He had a system to climb out and they just couldn’t get out of the grain bin; he fell back down to the bottom and that’s where he stayed until we got there. He was shaken up probably just because he had been stuck in there for you know, 15 or 20 minutes.”

The man emerged unharmed.

Arns says the tactical rescue unit trains regularly for incidents like this, including just last week.