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Accident: 200355691 - Employee Is Killed After Being Engulfed In Silo

Accident: 200355691 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 09/24/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31049841509/25/20062048Nash Johnson & Sons Farms, Inc.
On September 24, 2006, Employee #1, a mill supervisor, was working alone at a country animal feed grain mill. He climbed 55 ft up a 70 ft caged ladder mounted between two wet corn silos. Employee #1 then cross over a guardrail and proceeded across the silo's conical-shaped, 30-degree-sloped roof. He opened a roof access hatch that measured 30 in. wide by 36 in. long, which led to an area classified as a permit-required confined space. After Employee #1 could not be located, rescue operations were initiated at 2:10 p.m. Emergency responders removed approximately 30,000 bushels of corn by hand before finding Employee #1 at 2:01 a.m. the following morning. He was killed. Employee #1 was not wearing fall protection equipment even though the equipment was available.
Keywords: roof, confined space, grain, hatch, work rules, fall, fall protection, mill--plant, slope, silo
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310498415 Fatality Asphyxia Management related occupations, n.e.c.

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