Plant's Safety Training Proved to Save a Life in Emergency

Ailing power plant worker rescued from high point

A high-angle rescue was performed Wednesday morning to safely bring to the ground a worker who was suffering from chest pains from a high point at the Big Rivers Electric Corp. power plant near Sebree.

The unidentified Big Rivers employee was performing typical work duties on a platform that was more than 100 feet high when he began feeling pain.

"He was on a safe platform wearing all personal protection equipment; therefore there was no risk of falling," according to Big Rivers spokesman Marty Littrel. "However, we just needed to safely get him down, which required our internal Emergency Rescue Team and assistance from the Henderson City Fire Department."

The rescue, which involved lowering the worker in a basket litter, took between 90 minutes and two hours and was completed at approximately 11:30 a.m., he said.

The worker was transported by ambulance to Methodist Hospital for evaluation. His condition wasn't known as of late Wednesday afternoon, Littrel said.

"Big Rivers and the Henderson City Fire Department have previously conducted joint training for high angle rescue in the past," according to Littrel. "We have a great partnership with them. Actually, we have additional training already scheduled with the Henderson City Fire Department for high-angle rescue in November of this year. Today's efforts prove that safety training pays off as shown in this successful rescue," which he described as "an outstanding job."

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