Tifton Gazette


March 27, 2013

Local man falls off tank

TIFTON — A Tifton man was airlifted to a Macon hospital Wednesday morning after he fell off a bulk tank filled with ingredients at W.B. Fleming Company.

According to Sgt. Jay Klug with the Tifton Police Department, paramedics David Beranek and Carson Tapp with Tift County Emergency Medical Services responded to the business located in the 100 block of South Central Avenue after a call came in to 911 at approximately 10:45 a.m. in reference to an employee that had fallen off of a tank. He said paramedics felt that the employee needed to be airlifted out of Tifton.

Klug said Tifton police officers assisted EMS and suggested that they use Eve Park near the Tift County Recreation Department on Victory Drive to have the man airlifted due to the more open and clear area. It took two or three minutes to have the man transported to the park to be taken by helicopter to Macon by Air Evac Lifeteam out of Cordele.

Tifton police officers responded to Eve Park to help block the area, as well as firefighters with the Tifton-Tift County Fire Department.

Klug said, “Everyone worked together.”

Beranek said the employee is in stable condition.

Dot Ellington, office manager at W.B. Fleming Company, which manufactures livestock minerals and premixes, told The Gazette that employee Manuel Marquez, 52, of Tifton was checking the tanks at the business that morning when he fell off one of the tanks that is approximately 30 feet tall onto the concrete below. She was unsure what caused Marquez to fall or how far he may have fallen from the ladder that he was on.

Ellington said a man was unloading minerals when he heard something and saw Marquez lying on the ground and immediately told someone in the warehouse. She said Marquez was shaking badly and appeared to have a broken arm.

She said Marquez has been with the company for about 30 years and is the assistant plant manager. She noted that the company has eight tanks filled with minerals, which he checks regularly each week.

To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.


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