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Accident: 200051019 - Employee Suffocates When Buried In Grain Silo

Accident: 200051019 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 07/05/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30005923507/07/20005153Farmers Co-Op Elevator Co
Employee #1 and a coworker were in the tunnel of a grain elevator, dislodging an obstruction to the flow. They first jammed a piece of re-rod up through the grain chute into the concrete silo, but that did little to help the problem. Employee #1 then peered into the side opening on the silo to check the grain level. He asked another coworker to spot for him and entered the silo with some tools to dislodge the obstruction. The grain started to flow again and Employee #1 was pulled in and buried. He died of suffocation.
Keywords: suffocated, work rules, clogged, flowing material, fall, fall protection, buried, dust inhalation, silo
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300059235 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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