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Accident: 200263358 - Employee Suffocates In Grain Bin Collapse

Accident: 200263358 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 01/16/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31136312101/17/20085153Mcalister Grain Company
On January 16, 2008, Employee #1 entered a soybean grain bin to clear a clog. A coworker was assisting him from the outside and maintained communication by radio. The coworker left to check the belt conveyor, which ran underneath the grain bin. While he was gone, Employee #1 was engulfed in soy beans. After trying unsuccessfully to contact him, the coworker called the office to get emergency help. Employee #1 remained in the bin for several hours while emergency personnel attempted to rescue him. An additional collapse of soy beans completely engulfed his body, asphyxiating and killing him. At approximately 9:00 p.m., the body was removed and taken to the Coroner's office in Little Rock for autopsy.
Keywords: asphyxiated, collapse, suffocated, agriculture, caught between, soybeans, conveyor belt, grain bin, work surface
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 311363121 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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