According to Bulloch County Fire Department Chief Christopher Ivey, the man, identified as Charles Edward Thomas, was working with a crew about 4 p.m. Thursday building the grain elevator in the 6100 block of Nevils-Daisy Road in Nevils when he slipped from and I-beam and fell face first onto the metal floor about 20 feet below.
Reports from the scene say the accident happened when extra pressure from dirt being removed from around the elevator caused the I-beam to buckle. Thomas reportedly was not anchored by a safety rope.
Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency crews were assisted Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies as well as Bulloch County and Statesboro firefighters who responded and used the Stokes basket and harness to remove the man about an hour and a half after he fell into the elevator. He was reported to be conscious and responsive after the fall.
Thomas was flown by LifeStar helicopter to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. A hospital spokesman said he was in stable condition yesterday afternoon and was being treated for serious Injuries he suffered in the fall.