CLEAR LAKE | No one was hurt after an excavator fell through the ice on the south side of Clear Lake Monday afternoon.
The Cat machine, owned by Yohn Co. of Clear Lake, broke through the ice near the access by South Shore Inn, 1603 S. Shore Dr.
The company's excavation crew was helping a customer who was building a sea wall when the machine fell in around 4 p.m., Yohn Co. Safety Director and Vice President Laura Yohn said.
"Our company factors in accidents like this that might happen when working under these conditions," Yohn told the Globe Gazette in a Facebook message Monday evening.
Yohn Co. has measures in place to keep its workers safe in accidents like this, Yohn said, and was confident the workers involved "took all proper safety precautions." No injuries were reported.
This is the first time the company has had a piece of equipment fall through the ice, according to Yohn.
"We're trying to work fast to get the piece of equipment out," Yohn said Monday night. "However, it may not be removed until tomorrow due to cold and hazardous conditions."
The wind chill was hovering around minus 7 in Clear Lake Monday evening, but Yohn said a crew from Tony's Tire Service was able to safely remove the excavator from the lake around 9 p.m.
This is the third machine or vehicle to fall through the ice on Clear Lake this month.
A truck fell through at Bayside Feb. 4, and a specialized crew from Spirit Lake pulled a Lexus SUV from the southwestern side of the lake Feb. 6. No injuries were reported in either incident.