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Accident: 200880649 - Employee Asphyxiated After Being Engulfed Inside Storage Bin

Accident: 200880649 -- Report ID: 0215800 -- Event Date: 03/15/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30458997103/16/20022046Roe Farm Service, Inc.
On March 15, 2002, Employee #1, of Roe Farm Service, Inc., was operating the Flaked Corn System and other associated equipment, which includes crushing and cooling before filling the storage bins with the processed material. Employee #1 was found inside of a flaked corn storage bin with a shovel and was apparently shoveling the material to make room for an estimated half-ton of the flaked corn that remained in the cooler. A coworker noticed that the flaked corn system blower was still operating at 6:30 p.m. and knew that Employee #1 had been operating the system earlier and should have been done by this time. The coworker shut off the blower and called for Employee #1, but got no reply. The coworker began looking for the employee and noticed that the cover to the Flaked Corn Bin #13 was open. The coworker climbed the ladder to the top and saw Employee #1's hands protruding from the corn, he also saw a shovel on top of the corn. It appears Employee #1 entered Bin #13 without complying with confined space requirements to shovel material away from the fill chute in order to get the remaining material from the cooler into the bin. The bin had a void inside which was created when material was removed by the bottom auger and the material above became bridged. When Employee #1 entered the bin from the top, the bridged area inside of the bin gave way under the combined weight of the added material from the fill chute and Employee #1. Employee #1 was engulfed by the corn and asphyxiated. Employee #1 died of asphyxia.
Keywords: asphyxiated, confined space, storage bin, guard, equipment operator, fixed ladder, fall, bridged material, shovel, grain bin
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304589971 Fatality Asphyxia Crushing and grinding machine operators

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