Worker airlifted from Buzzi after burn incident

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Putnam County EMS, the Greencastle Fire Department’s ladder truck and a StatFlight helicopter stand by after a worker at Buzzi Unicem sustained burn injuries Tuesday morning.
Banner Graphic/BRAND SELVIA

First responders were sent out to Buzzi Unicem on Greencastle’s southwest side Tuesday morning for an incident involving serious burns.

At about 9:20 a.m., the Greencastle Fire Department and Putnam County EMS were dispatched to the area of County Road 150 South for a report of a fall.

Capt. Brian Poole of the Greencastle Fire Department said he was told that a worker was on a roof above a kiln when the metal suddenly gave way. Being harnessed, the worker fell through the hole and was suspended over the kiln.

The Greencastle firefighters responded with their ladder truck. However, a lift had already been utilized to free the worker before their arrival.

The worker was airlifted by a StatFlight helicopter to the Burn Center at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis.

Poole said that GFD was back in station by 10:30 a.m.

Plant Manager Tim Menke told the Banner Graphic Tuesday afternoon that Buzzi was “still in the middle” of consulting with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

The MSHA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor which oversees compliance with standards under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.

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  • This type of reporting is irresponsible on the part of the Banner-Graphic. You should refrain from causing unnecessary worry to family members whose loves ones work there until you can print a concise, informative article with all pertinent information. Otherwise the article is no more than click-bait.

    -- Posted by Vernie1 on Tue, Apr 27, 2021, at 11:46 AM
  • I've noticed this also. In such a rush to get a story out and then there's no follow-up with actual details.

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Tue, Apr 27, 2021, at 11:58 AM
  • Apparently, my earlier comment was removed because it was critical of the Banner-Graphic's effort to post a non-news news story, potentially unnecessarily worrying people that have loved ones working at Buzzi. People want true and concise reporting, not fear-mongering.

    -- Posted by Vernie1 on Tue, Apr 27, 2021, at 1:06 PM
  • Contact the Banner office direct if you have issues. They are trained reporters.

    -- Posted by Nit on Tue, Apr 27, 2021, at 2:59 PM
  • If your family was involved, hopefully you'd be notified before it was published. News is news, whether or not you personally get all the details.

    -- Posted by unbiased on Tue, Apr 27, 2021, at 4:22 PM
  • Praying for the man and his family.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Wed, Apr 28, 2021, at 8:11 AM
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    Prayers for a speedy recovery.

    -- Posted by dfrost on Wed, Apr 28, 2021, at 5:21 PM
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