Employee killed in Columbia County industrial accident

WNYT Staff
Updated: January 28, 2020 06:28 PM
Created: January 28, 2020 03:24 PM

GREENPORT - Authorities say a man has died in a tragic industrial accident in Columbia County.

Emergency crews responded to ADM Milling on Route 23B in Greenport Tuesday morning.


Many of the emergency vehicles had left the scene by late afternoon. 

The parking lot, which had a lot of cars earlier, had mostly emptied out.

Investigators are looking into this industrial accident - which authorities say was fatal.

The ADM Milling facility is just outside Hudson.

Fire companies, including Greenport, the Columbia County Sheriff's Department, EMS crews and others responded to a 911 call at 10:20 a.m. for a cardiac arrest for a man in an elevator chute.

One employee is dead.

In the early afternoon, NewsChannel 13 saw fire ladders extended up - and people walking around the top of the building, near the grey towers.

Also the Columbia-Greene Technical Rescue Team, which is trained in rope rescues and extrication, was there.

Investigators say the response was a difficult one because of the walkways and towers and ladders - and access to remote areas.

Authorities describe the ADM employees as a close-knit group. The company has been around for many years, and this tragedy has hit the workers hard.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, the sheriff's department Mobile Command Center was still here on scene, along a few other emergency vehicles.  There were also people there from OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Sheriff's investigators are not releasing the name of the victim at this point.

An ADM spokesperson released the following statement:

This morning, an ADM colleague was involved in a fatal accident while working at ADM's flour mill in Hudson, New York. We are working with local authorities to investigate the situation surrounding the incident at this time.

At ADM, safety is our highest priority, and we are deeply saddened by this loss. We appreciate the quick response and assistance of the emergency responders, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of our colleague.

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