Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Pea accident

A man has been rescued from a grain silo in Western Australia after being buried up to his neck in tonnes of peas.

The accident happened while the man was working inside a Co-operative Bulk Handling silo yesterday at Esperance port.

It is not yet known if the man fell into the silo while it was being loaded or if the product was dumped on him while working inside.

The State Emergency Service's Murray Hatten says about 30 emergency workers took three hours to rescue the man, fearing he may sink below head level.

"Once he was stabilised by a rope around under his armpits, they begun the process of digging him out utilising a vacuum cleaner of sorts - a large one, as well as shovels and various other things to free the man," he said.

A spokesman for CBH say the man was not injured and Worksafe will investigate the incident.

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