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Accident: 200261667 - Employee Asphyxiated By Rice Hulls

Accident: 200261667 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 12/07/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30482310712/11/20012044Buds Rice Mill

At approximately 9:00 a.m. on December 7, 2001, Employee #1 was standing on the north side of a storage bin giving another employee, who was driving a 200 hp John Deere tractor trailer, instructions on how to get the trailer beneath the bin to be loaded. The steel 20-gauge bin was 18-ft-wide by 36-ft-long. The bin was supported by two 6-ft by 6-ft by .375- in.-thick steel columns that had undergone numerous modifications. Before the driver came to a complete stop, the back left side of the tractor trailer inadvertently tapped the leg on the grain support structure and the entire bin collapsed discharging approximately 11 tons of rice hulls. Employee #1 was buried by the rice hulls and was found approximately two hours after the collapse. Employee #1 was pronounced dead at the scene due to asphyxia.

Keywords: asphyxiated, steel, collapse, storage bin, column, tractor, tractor trailer

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304823107 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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