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State Investigating After Five Workers Trapped In Grain Silo


The state Department of Labor has opened an investigation into Monday's grain silo accident that trapped five workers.

It happened around noon at George Wood Farms in Camden, which is about 6 miles east of Elizabeth City.

Camden County Manager Michael Wrenshaw say three workers were performing maintenance along the edge of the large silo when they became trapped after a partial collapse. Two other workers who tried to help the three also were caught in the silo.

One of the workers was buried up to his neck in grain, two others buried chest-high, while another two had their legs covered.

Protective cones were placed around the workers, while grain was released from the silo. The last of the workers were rescued around 4:40 p.m.

Wrenshaw said one of the workers was complaining about a leg injury, possibly suffering a broken leg.

The Department of Labor says it will look into the company's safety and health programs in place as well as the training employees receive. The investigation could take up to six months to complete.

Records show George Wood Farms has only been cited one time by the state, that in August 2010. The company was not fined in what was called a non-serious violation that dealt with their requirement to have a written hazardous communications program for employees.


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Five workers have been rescued after a grain silo accident in Camden County.

The Camden County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened around noon at F.P. Wood & Son/George Wood Farms on Highway 133 in Camden. That is about 6 miles east of Elizabeth City.

Deputies say the two people rescued earlier this afternoon and were taken to Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City in good condition. The other three were pulled to safety at 4:42 p.m.

Camden County Manager Michael Wrenshaw say three workers were performing maintenance along the edge of the large silo when they became trapped after a partial collapse. Two other workers who tried to help the three also were caught in the silo.

Wrenshaw said one of the workers was complaining about a leg injury, possibly suffering a broken leg.


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