PRATT, Kan. – Two men working on a wind turbine in Pratt County are lucky to be alive following a fall Sunday morning.
Pratt Count Sheriff Vernon Chinn said in a news release his emergency crews were called to a wind turbine construction site about six miles south and four miles east of Pratt shortly after 9:30 a.m. following the report of a construction worker who had fallen while working on a wind generator.
On arrival, deputies were told one of the workers had fallen about 126 feet from the turbine and landed on his back in the mud below. Chinn said the worker was conscious and talking with rescue personnel at the scene. He was taken to a Wichita hospital in serious condition.
Another worker was trapped for about 30 minutes, hanging by his safety harness from the wind turbine. That worker was able to work himself free and lower himself into a construction basket and eventually lower himself to the ground.
Chinn said the workers, who are employed by General Electric, were repairing one of the blades of the wind generator at the time of the accident.
The names or ages of the workers were not released.