SLATE HILL – Firefighters had to call in a tower ladder truck Wednesday to rescue a farmworker who suffered a hand injury while working on top of a five-story-high silo at a dairy farm, the Slate Hill Fire Co. captain said.

Capt. Michael Dally said the worker suffered a thumb laceration while working on top of the silo at the Sunset Hill farm on Ridgebury Road, and he was bleeding heavily. The silo is about 50 feet high, about the same height as a five-story building, and since the farmworker injured his thumb, he couldn’t climb down the narrow ladder that runs up the side of the silo.

Dally said firefighters climbed to the top of the silo, bandaged the farmworker's hand, put him in a bucket on the ladder, and took him down to the ground. He was then taken by ambulance to Orange Regional Medical Center in the Town of Wallkill.

Dally said about 20 firefighters were called to the dairy farm, located at 336 Ridgebury Road. He said Silver Lake Fire Co. personnel were called in to assist.

The call came in just after 5 p.m. Fire crews cleared the scene shortly after 6 p.m.