Fire EMS

ENTRAPMENT IN GRAVEL HOPPER CHALLENGES RESCUERS

Issue 4 and Volume 150.

ENTRAPMENT IN GRAVEL HOPPER CHALLENGES RESCUERS BY MICHAEL G. BROWN On November 11, 1996, the Chesapeake (VA) Fire Department (CFD) was called to the report of a “man trapped” at LaFarge Calcium Aluminate Corp. in the 100 block of Ohio Street, in the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake, a large industrial complex bordering the Norfolk and Chesapeake city limits. On arrival, CFD`s Engine 1 was met by LaFarge employees, who stated a man was trapped in an elevated hopper (shaking machine) approximately 60 feet high, on the dock adjacent to the heavily traveled Elizabeth River. The hopper receives “Clinker 41,” a fabricated gravel composite delivered by a huge clam-shell bucket and crane on the dock. Clinker is removed from ocean-going colliers, deposited into the top of the hopper (approximately 50 feet by 50 feet by 40 feet deep, elevated to about 60 feet in the air), where it is shaken…

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