A farm worker was rescued by fire fighters after becoming trapped in a grain silo on Monday morning.
Quick thinking workers at the farm near Shapwick attached a strop underneath the man’s arms and secured it to a ladder, to prevent him from sinking further into the grain. He was approximately 4m inside the silo and firefighters used an exit harness and safe working at height equipment to further secure him. Technical rescue teams set up a pulley system to lift him clear of the grain. He was able to escape via two raking ladders in the silo assisted by brigade personnel. He was checked over by ambulance staff but not taken to hospital.
Retained firefighters from Blandford and Wimborne were sent to the scene along with specialist fire fighters from Poole and Weymouth who are trained in confined space and rope rescues. Firefighters with specialist confined space training were also sent from Trowbridge and Eastleigh to assist their Dorset colleagues.
Dorset Fire and Rescue Service deployed gas monitoring equipment to ensure the safety of the casualty and rescuers, confined space situations can result in a build up of potentially poisonous gasses.