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Accident: 14508527 - Employee Asphyxiated In Corn Barge

Accident: 14508527 -- Report ID: 0316110 -- Event Date: 09/11/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
184875309/11/19844491Continental Grain Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
184876109/11/19841711J & J Sheet Metal Co Inc

Some employees were unloading a 195-ft by 135-ft grain barge at a Norfolk, VA grain elevator. This barge had been loaded with 20 to 21 percent moist yellow field corn on September 1, 1984, at an Elizabeth City, NC grain elevator. It traveled via tug to Norfolk on September 4, 1984. On September 11, 1984, at approximately 3:30 am, an employee entered the aft starboard personnel hatch on the barge to retrieve a rope. Only the center hatch cover (1 of 12 covers) was removed. The employee entered the barge without using a ladder or flashlight. He had conducted no atmospheric tests before entry. Within 1 to 2 minutes after entry, the employee called for help. He lost consciousness, landed face down in the corn, and was asphyxiated. Four other employees entered the barge without respiratory protection and were transported to, and treated at, a local hospital. Subsequent atmospheric tests taken 7 to 8 hours later, after the barge had been open for 3 to 4 hours, did not reveal an oxygen deficient atmosphere or any toxic substances.

Keywords: asphyxiated, compartment, barge, confined space, grain, hatch, corn

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1848753 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 1848753 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 1848753 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
4 1848753 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
5 1848761 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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