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Representative says the plant is committed to improving safety

September 19, 2012

An employee at Marshall Steam Station in Terrell was rescued early Wednesday after a 20-foot fall.

Marshall Steam Station Communications Manager Erin Culbert said an employee working in the material handling area was operating a bulldozer about 5 a.m. Wednesday when he and his bulldozer fell into a reclaim hopper. While the employee was working, compacted coal caused the bulldozer to slide 20 feet into the reclaim hopper.

The employee has worked for Duke Energy for 39 years and has been a Marshall employee for nine years. The employee’s position is a Fossil ONM Tech, which involves using a bulldozer to  push unprocessed coal into a reclaim hopper. The reclaim hopper is a large storage facility where the coal falls and then travels by conveyor belt into the steam station to be processed.

“When he fell into the hopper, station personnel were able to maintain radio contact with him until he was rescued,” Culbert said.

To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

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