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Accident: 14352249 - Wood Chip Pile Collapsed Onto Employee; He Suffocated

Accident: 14352249 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 11/17/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
121947611/18/19852861Hercules Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
121518511/20/19852861Hercules, Inc.
AT APPROXIMATELY 4:45 AM ON NOVEMBER 17, 1985, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS INSIDE A 30 FOOT BY 50 FOOT BUILDING USED AS A STORAGE BIN FOR WOOD CHIPS. HE WAS USING A STEEL RAKE IN AN ATTEMPT TO DISLODGE CHIPS, WHICH WERE CLINGING TO THE SIDE OF THE BIN. THE CHIPS WERE FED INTO THE BIN ON AN OVERHEAD CONVEYOR, AND TAKEN FROM THE BIN FOR USE AS BOILER FUEL BY A DRAG CONVEYOR LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BIN. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS SENT INTO THE BIN TO DISLODGE THE CHIPS BECAUSE THEY WERE NO LONGER FEEDING INTO THE DRAG CONVEYOR. WHILE EMPLOYEE #1 WAS DISLODGING THE CHIPS THEY COLLAPSED ONTO HIM AND BURIED HIM. (THE CHIPS WERE PILED UP 15 TO 20 FEET.) THE EMPLOYEE WAS SUFFOCATED.
Keywords: wood chips, collapse, storage bin, suffocated, flowing material, bridged material, buried
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1219476 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 1215185 Occupation Not Listed

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