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Accident: 100050.015 - Skid Steer Operator Is Engulfed And Killed By Wood Pellets

Accident: 100050.015 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 10/20/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1272065.01510/20/2017German Pellets Of Texas
At 7:45 a.m. on October 20, 2017, an employee was working for a firm that manufa ctured wood pellets. He was operating a skid steer front end loader to reclaim w ood pellets for Silo Number 3. The wood pellets formed a structure 9.1 to 12.2 m eters (30 to 40 feet high). A vertical cliff of pellets that were stuck together collapsed onto the skid steer. They damaged the cab roof and the roll over prev ention system (ROPS). Then engulfed the entire skid steer and its operator, the employee. The pellets caused the cab to collapse onto the operator as well as en gulfing the entire cab. When the narrative was written it had not been determine d whether blunt trauma or asphyxiation was the primary cause of death. An autops y was pending.
Keywords: access/egress, asphyxiated, confined space, crushing, falling object, flowing material, front end loader, material handling, mech mat handling, roof, rops, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1272065.015 42 M Fatality Millwrights

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