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Accident: 14384176 - Buried By Potash From Damaged Storage Bin

Accident: 14384176 -- Report ID: 0523420 -- Event Date: 05/15/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
132471405/16/19842875Grow Mark Inc
A LEAK OF MATERIALS DEVELOPED IN A FERTILIZER MIXING PLANT BETWEEN A RAW PRODUCT (POTASH) BIN AND THE ADJACENT FINISHED PRODUCT BIN. THE COMMON WALL WAS CONSTRUCTED OF 2" PLANKS LAID IN THE CHANNEL CREATED BY STRUCTURAL STEEL I-BEAM FLANGES. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS STANDING IN THE RAISED BUCKET OF A FRONT END LOADER ATTEMPTING TO PLUG THE LEAK. THE PLANKING CAME OUT OF THE CHANNEL WHERE THE EMPLOYEE WAS WORKING. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS BURIED BY THE POTASH. A SECOND EMPLOYEE, SEATED IN THE FRONT END LOADER, ESCAPED INJURY. HE WAS PROTECTED BY THE OVERHEAD GUARD WHICH SUPPORTED THE WALL PLANKS, KEEPING THE POTASH OFF HIM.
Keywords: wall, storage bin, suffocated, fertilizer mixing, potash, buried
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1324714 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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