Man injured after falling into garbage pit

Olmsted County Waste-to-Energy Plant

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ROCHESTER, MN — A man is in the hospital after falling nearly 25 feet into a garbage pit.

Around 9:38 this morning Rochester first responders were called to the Olmsted County Waste-to-Energy Facility when a worker fell in after his harness came undone.

Authorities say he was responsive as crews worked to get him out.

“We set up a rope raise system so that we could lower down a stokes basket, we placed the patient on a long backboard as a precaution because he was complaining about leg and back pain,” said Tim Bangert, Shift 1 Battalion Chief for the Rochester Fire Department.

Authorities say their investigation is complete.

“The facility will be doing an investigation to make sure that the safety measures that they have in place were in place to keep these guys safe and if they were what needs to be changed so that this doesn’t happen again,” Bangert said.

The victim was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment. Authorities were told that this is the first accident at this garbage site.

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