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Accident: 202311254 - Employee Killed When Buried By Soil In Hopper

Accident: 202311254 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 09/29/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30391776910/02/20002875Florida Potting Soils, Inc.
On September 29, 2000, employees were performing maintenance operations by welding a metal plate to the side of hopper number three to cover a crack on the hopper wall. Employee #1, a maintenance employee, entered the hopper to set up to weld the metal plate. A loader operator, who was not aware of the work in progress, inadvertently poured soil into the hopper. The loader operator had received instructions, by the process operator, to start filling the hoppers with the soil components, in order to start a batch of "hard wood fines compost." Employee #1 died after being inadvertently buried under about 6 yards of soil.
Keywords: maintenance, asphyxiated, confined space, fertilizer mixing, lockout, hopper, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303917769 Fatality Asphyxia Machinery maintenance occupations

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