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Accident: 200532687 - Employee Found Unresponsive In Grain Elevator Dies

Accident: 200532687 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 09/22/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31262402609/23/20085153River Valley Cooperative
At approximately 9:45 a.m. on September 22, 2008, Employee #1 was found unresponsive in a grain elevator's scale pit by an employee of another company. Employee #1 was in an identified permit required confined space without a monitor or an attendant, and therefore, no means of rescue was available. A permit was not filled out. The length of time Employee #1 was in the scale pit is unknown. Ventilation or air monitoring was not performed before entry. Employee #1 was pronounced dead at the scene. The medical examiner identified the cause of death to be a pericardial tamponade, due to a hemopericardium secondary to rupture of the left ventricular free wall.
Keywords: unconsciousness, ventilation, confined space, air monitoring, grain elevator, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312624026 Fatality Other Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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