Malfunctioning hop stringing cart injures seven farm workers in fall Thursday


COURTESY OF ST. PAUL FIRE DISTRICT - A hop stringing cart fell and injured seven workers Thursday April 19.A malfunction on a tractor-towed hop-stringing cart injured seven farm workers Thursday morning, some of whom were listed in critical condition.

As of Friday, however, six of them had been discharged from the hospital with minor injuries, according to the farm manager, who asked not to be named. The seventh was kept for observation, but also has been released. Four were back to work Monday, while the other three are expected to return shortly, the farm manager said.

St. Paul Fire District firefighters responded to an incident at a hops farm field in the 15500 block of River Road northeast of St. Paul at about 10 a.m. Thursday.

Responders found a crew of farm workers that had been working on an elevated cart used to hang hops to dry when a malfunction caused the cart and workers to fall. The driver of the tractor was also injured, Assistant Fire Chief Dan Mullen reported.

The workers were treated at the scene and seven were transported to area hospitals. The cause of the malfunction is still under investigation.

St. Paul Fire District was assisted by Woodburn Fire District, Marion County Fire District 1, Keizer Fire District and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

Note: This story has been updated to reflect that one of the injured was the driver of the tractor.

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