A contractor cleaning a grain bin at the Al-Corn Clean Fuel facility in Claremont was trapped inside a bin Wednesday night before being freed and transported to Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
A statement from Al-Corn CEO Randall Doyal Thursday afternoon said:
"A young man working for one of our outside contractors was cleaning a small bin (15,000 bu capacity) in our grinding structure. He was inside working with harness and safety gear on when he was covered with corn that fell off the sidewall. He was trapped under the corn for some time before they could get him hauled out.
"He was taken to St. Mary’s via a Mayo ambulance and crew, and when I checked this afternoon I was told that he was in their ICU at St. Mary’s. That is what I know.
"I also know that emergency response was from both the Dodge Center and Claremont fire departments and they worked with a safety contractor we have on-site during confined space entries to rescue the gentleman."