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Accident: 14558092 - Employee Killed When Buried In Coal Hopper

Accident: 14558092 -- Report ID: 0418500 -- Event Date: 03/23/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1742336903/24/19874491Shipyard River Coal Terminal Co.
At approximately 7:45 a.m. on March 23, 1987, Employee #1, a maintenance worker, was on the load rack observing coal being loaded by a conveyor belt into a railcar. The dual chutes became clogged. Employee #1 apparently climbed a ladder to the top platform and got on the conveyor belt to look into the hopper. The belt was restarted and carried Employee #1 into the hopper. He was buried under the coal and died of suffocation. There were no witnesses to the accident.
Keywords: longshoring, suffocated, work rules, coal, clogged, conveyor, fall, coal hopper, buried, communication
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17423369 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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