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Accident: 848713 - Employee Dies Of Asphyxia In Concrete Hopper Silo

Accident: 848713 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 11/21/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10244423911/21/19883271Northfield Block Company

Employee #1 entered an aggregate hopper/silo in a concrete block manufacturing facility to free up accumulations of material clinging to its walls. Employee #1 did not know that the material had bridged over a void. Employee #1 climbed a fixed ladder into the hopper, stepped out onto the material, and began to poke it with a rod. The material gave way under him. Employee #1 was engulfed in the material, asphyxiated, and killed. Appropriate safety harnessing equipment was not available.

Keywords: asphyxiated, collapse, work rules, safety belt, flowing material, unstable surface, bridged material, buried, hopper, silo

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102444239 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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