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Posted on Mon. Aug. 19, 2013 - 01:22 am EDT

Marion man trying to install tree stand injured in 20-foot fall


A Marion man was hurt Sunday afternoon when he tumbled 20 feet to the ground while installing a tree stand in rural Grant County, Indiana conservation officers report.

Tracy Theurer, 50, was taken to Marion General Hospital after the 2:45 p.m. mishap, which happened in the 7800 East block of County Road 200 South. According to the investigating officer, while attaching the stand to the tree one of his straps broke, allowing Theurer, who was not wearing a safety harness, to fall 20 feet to the ground below. Although other witnesses were present, but Theurer was attaching the stand by himself, the officer reported.

He was treated for impact injuries to his legs, as well as a serious laceration to his midsection sustained during the fall.

The Department of Natural Resources took the occasion of Theurer’s fall to remind all hunters of three safety tips while setting up a tree stand:

*Always have at least 2 people working together to raise a stand.

*Always inspect your equipment prior to setting it up.

*Most important, always wear a safety harness any time your feet are not firmly on the ground.

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