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Accident: 200120632 - Employee Killed When Trapped In Sand Silo

Accident: 200120632 -- Report ID: 0523400 -- Event Date: 12/17/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30012055712/17/19993334Westwood Aluminum Castings, Inc.
Employee #1 entered a foundry sand silo to release sand that had become clogged in one of the hoppers. While he was inside, the operator made at least one batch and Employee #1 was pulled down into the batch gates. His legs were crushed by the closing gates and he was buried under approximately 5 ft of foundry sand. Employee #1 was killed. The silo was designated a permit-required confined space. Employee #1 had entered it without obtaining an entry permit or locking out the sand system.
Keywords: sand silo, work rules, caught by, lockout, clogged, flowing material, buried, communication, silo
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300120557 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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