Worker missing after silo collapse in NOVA

Posted at 9:43 PM, Aug 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-03 21:43:28-04

ASHBURN, Va. -- A 19-year-old worker is unaccounted for after a silo collapsed Monday morning at the Luck Stone quarry in Ashburn, Va.

Luck Stone officials told WUSA9 this morning that a tank full of mineral filler collapsed, sending the material spilling out.

The name of the man has not been released.

Approximately 60 first responders, K-9 units and vacuum trucks were dispatched for the scene. Safety officials are working to find out when the silo was last inspected.

According to WUSA9 the steel tank is approximately 80 feet tall and about 20 feet in diameter. It's unclear how much material was inside of the tank at the time of the collapse.

Luck Stone released a statement that said the man was near the silo at the time of collapse. Part of the release read:

Earlier this morning, an incident occurred at our Leesburg location where a metal tank storing stone dust unexpectedly failed. One of our associates was in the vicinity of the tank at the time of the incident and we regret to share that the associate is currently missing. The Loudoun County Fire and Rescue and local authorities have been on-­‐site searching for the missing associate.

Our primary consideration is for the health, safety and well-­‐being of the missing associate, their family, and everyone involved in the rescue effort. Safety is a core value of our organization.

This story is developing.