July 23, 2002 at 4:39 PM EST - Updated July 26 at 11:45 PM
ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) - A man who fell more than 10 feet to a sewage-covered floor lay motionless for an hour as firefighters worked to rescue him.
Tim O'Neill was climbing a ladder inside a sludge tank when he slipped and fell. The 12-year worker at the Alliance Wastewater Plant had been cleaning the sides of the tank, used to stabilize bacteria in solid waste.
Rescue workers had to use a system of ropes and pulleys to lift O'Neill through the 3-foot opening at the top. Rescue workers quickly rinsed him with a fire hose after he was pulled from the tank.
Paramedics said that the fall left him with possible ankle and back injuries. He was listed in satisfactory condition at Aultman Hospital in Canton.
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