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Accident: 202350971 - Oxygen Deficiency Kills Two Employees In Silo

Accident: 202350971 -- Report ID: 1055360 -- Event Date: 08/12/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30642108208/14/20030241Fair Tomorrow Farms Inc
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on August 12, 2003, two 16-year-old employees of the farm were found dead inside an 80-ft tall silo. One was the employer's son; the other was a long-time friend of the family. Their bodies were on the surface of the silage, approximately 10 ft below the top opening. It appeared that they climbed up to check how full the silo was, and were overcome by oxygen deficiency and or toxic gases when they opened the two hatches on top. During previous entries into silos on this farm, the PTO-driven silage blower was used for ventilation. When this entry occurred, the blower was operable but the tractor was not near it and it wasn't running. There were no witnesses to exactly what happened on top of the silo. Both employees died.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, ventilation, toxic atmosphere, silo
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306421082 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 306421082 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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