Worker rescued from LOTT pit

jpawloski@theolympian.comAugust 16, 2013 

A co-worker gives a wave of support as his friend is taken away by ambulance after a fall and rescue at the LOTT wastewater treatment plant in downtown Olympia on Thursday.

TONY OVERMAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

An electrician doing work for LOTT, the county’s wastewater treatment facility in downtown Olympia, fell into a 9-foot pit in an influent building on Franklin Street Thursday about 3:15 p.m., and had to be hoisted up by a rescue team.

Members of Thurston County’s Special Operations Rescue Team, or SORT, lifted the injured electrician up from the pit using a scoop stretcher, Olympia Assistant Fire Chief Greg Wright said.

The electrician was trying to climb up a ladder in his work area when he fell, Wright added. The man was taken by ambulance to Providence St. Peter Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries, he said. The man was conscious and talking when he was hoisted from the pit, Wright said.

Wright described the area where the man fell as a “dry equipment pit.”

SORT team members from the Olympia Fire Department, the McLane-Black Lake Fire District and the Lacey Fire Department participated in the rescue, Wright said.

The SORT team was called out because the injured man was stuck in a confined space that required special equipment in order to remove him, Wright said.

An official from LOTT Clean Water Alliance could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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