Jenks employee rescued from a hole in a lift-station


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Updated: 10/31/2013 5:41 pm Published: 10/31/2013 5:39 pm


A Jenks city employee is recovering after a 10-foot fall. The employee was checking a lift station near Oak and 111th Streets that pumps sewage water to the city.

City employees say it was wet and rainy out there 
when the worker was checking on this lift station. There's a ladder the man was climbing down and he was about 20 feet down when he lost his footings and fell the rest of the way down.

Tulsa and Jenks firefighters surrounded the lift station waiting to see the first sign of the 20-year-old. 
City of Jenks Superintendent Gary Head was the first one to climb down and talk to him about what happened.

"We hooked him up and hauled him up one at a time," said Head.

A big white crane picked him up and lifted him out before he was slowly lowered to safety. His left leg was swollen and dangled most of the way, but he was okay.

"He was very alert, talking," said Head. "His feet were wet, his gloves were wet and his foot slipped, his hands were still on the ladder and it helped break his fall. He ended up falling straight down and landing on his feet."

Jenks firefighters called the Tulsa rescue task force to bring in some bigger equipment and cranes to help get him out. It took about an hour and a half.

"This is the first time in 30 years this has happened here," said Head.

Head tells FOX23 checking more than 20 lift stations in the city is a daily routine and employees never go alone so another employee called for help.

The superintendent expects he will return to work next week checking out lift stations. It turns out his ankle was sprained.


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Mayor Maynot - 11/1/2013 8:58 AM
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Good to get a lift when it's needed.
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