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Accident: 14520746 - Employee Dies Of Suffocation When Buried In Potash Bin

Accident: 14520746 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 04/30/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10257796205/01/19875153Breese Grain Supply, Inc.
Employee #1, age 19, was assisting a coworker with a bin of potash that would not flow through the chute at the bottom. After running a piece of rebar into the potash to try to clear the jam, Employee #1 stepped onto the potash. After pushing the piece of rebar into the material several times, he fell through the bridged potash and was buried. Employee #1 died of suffocation. No safety precautions were taken to prevent employees from being buried.
Keywords: lifeline, suffocated, potash, work rules, flowing material, unstable surface, fall, bridged material, buried, silo
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102577962 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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