Ideker was the head delivery driver for Main Street Feeds and the first person to arrive at the Monett facility every day to check out all the trucks. At the time of the accident, around 9 a.m., Ideker was one of about five people unloading a truck being prepared for a shipment.
According to owner Tim Dieckhoff, ground feed was being poured into the bin of the truck where Ideker was working, which was a standard procedure to prevent contamination between shipments. Ideker was on the catwalk of the truck near the top about 12 feet off the ground when the accident occurred.
One of the other workers near the top thought Ideker may have accidentally stepped off the catwalk. Ideker fell over the side of the truck. One of the co-workers on the ground attempted to break the fall, but Ideker still hit his head on the concrete.
Dieckhoff, who was backing out a truck at the time, heard his co-worker's outcry and ran to the spot. A "911" call was made and help arrived quickly to take Ideker to the hospital.
Dieckhoff said they immediately knew the situation was very serious because it was hard to get a pulse.
"We do lots of things to try to prevent [such an accident]," Dieckhoff said. "Sometimes there's nothing you can do."
Dozens of trucks load and unload in the same location daily, Dieckhoff said. Ideker, who had been with Main Street Feeds since October of 1997, walked on the trucks daily.
In the 21 years that Dieckhoff has owned Main Street Feeds, this was the most serious accident to have occurred at the business. Dieckhoff spent the afternoon talking to insurance representatives and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, who investigate industrial accidents.
Services for Jerry Ideker are pending through Lakin Funeral Home of Pierce City.