K-State Salina employee rescued from bucket lift

By Michael Strand
Salina Journal – May 29, 2015

Kyle Saskowski, of the Salina Fire Department, helps Bill Stout. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Kyle Saskowski, of the Salina Fire Department, helps Bill Stout. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Bill Stout was sprayed with hydraulic fluid but was not injured late Friday morning when the hydraulic line blew out on the bucket truck he was in, stranding him about 25 feet in the air.

Salina firefighters responded with a ladder truck, and firefighter Kyle Saskowski was sent up the ladder to help Stout down.

Stout, senior carpenter in the facilities department at Kansas State University Salina, had been up in the bucket changing the K-State banners attached to the light poles lining the drive to the College Center administration building when the hydraulic line burst, spewing out hydraulic oil.

“It went clear to the top of the pole,” Stout said, and a thin coating of fluid created a semicircle around the truck extending out about 30 feet. “I was tied in, so I was safe, but K-State policy is we call a fire truck when this happens.”

Stout said the truck likely would be out of service for a couple of days, as the hydraulic system needed to be drained, cleaned, repaired and inspected.



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