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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

NEWTON, GA (WALB) - A worker falls nearly 40 feet at a Baker County peanut plant. Randall Sadler, an independent contractor, was removing a pipe from the Top Nut Peanut Plant when he lost his balance and fell off a bucket elevator on the outside of the building.

Anthony Roberts was working just above Randall Sadler who fell off the elevator around 2:30 Saturday afternoon.

"We were taking the pipe down," said Roberts. "It's a lot of force. We had two bolts left and before the bolt next to the last was cut into two, the whole pipe sling shot away from the elevator about three to four feet pulling him away from the ladder."

Roberts says Sadler landed on a vent cover near the area they were working. He tried to grab a piece of iron to keep from falling but due to the momentum he kept falling and he landed on a roof nearly 40 feet below him.

Roberts says it appeared he landed on his head and back but says he was able to move his legs.

"The only thing I could do was try to help him and pour some water on the hot metal he was laying on," Roberts added.

Workers didn't say if Sadler was wearing his harness at the time.

"Nobody is not going to get out of the truck without putting on their harness now," Roberts noted.

He says it's a dangerous job that comes with the territory, another reason to use extra caution out here. EMS crews rushed Sadler to Phoebe. He is in critical condition

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