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Accident: 170252670 - Employee Dies After Being Severely Burned In Mill Fire

Accident: 170252670 -- Report ID: 1055340 -- Event Date: 07/23/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11153054907/24/19912026Darigold Feed Company
On July 23, 1991, the drive V-belt on an outfeed auger at a feed mill broke. The hammermill grinder, however, continued to operate. The grinder overheated, then caught fire. Employee #1, a 61-year-old mixer operator, and a coworker replaced the belt and attempted to extinguish the fire. Believing the fire was out, the employees restarted the grinder and the coworker left the area. At approximately 8:40 p.m., unextinguished coals from the grinder fire caused an explosion. Employee #1 sustained 3rd-degree burns over 85 percent of his body. He died the next day at 10:26.
Keywords: burn, fire, feed mill, explosion, overheated, grain dust
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111530549 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Mixing and blending machine operators

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