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Accident: 201022274 - Employee'S Son Is Killed When Engulfed By Wheat

Accident: 201022274 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 08/11/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30075103908/12/20094212Sears Point Farming Company
At approximately 4:20 p.m. on August 11, 2009, Employee #1, who was employed by a wheat and barley producer, was unloading wheat at a dairy and poultry food processing company. Employee #1 was unloading wheat from the second "bottom dump" trailer of his truck, which was manually opened at the side of the trailer. Employee #1 heard his 13-year-old son yelling and immediately closed the bottom opening of the trailer. He ran to top of the trailer, where he saw his son engulfed by the funnel-shaped grains, with only his hand visible. Rescue efforts proved futile, and the boy was pronounced dead, after he was finally freed from the grains through the bottom of the trailer. The Petaluma Fire Department reported the incident to the Division.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, confined space, grain, trailer
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300751039 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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