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Accident: 43604.015 - Employee Is Engulfed Inside A Grain Bin, Asphyxiated And Kil

Accident: 43604.015 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 04/19/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
901608.01504/19/2013United Ethanol Llc
At 9:00 a.m. on April 19, 2013 Employee #1, working at an ethanol production fac ility, entered a 600,000 bushel grain bin containing corn to investigate why the corn had stopped flowing from the bin. A coworker acted as an attendant for thi s entry. The bin contained approximately 140,000 bushels of corn at the time the entry was made. Employee #1 instructed the coworker, via radio, to open a disch arge gate in the floor of the grain bin to increase the flow of corn exiting the bin. The coworker entered the tunnel system beneath the bin to open the gate, a nd then returned to the surface. Employee #1 then asked a coworker to open a sec ond discharge gate. The coworker again entered the tunnel system to open the sec ond gate, and upon returning to the surface, looked into the entry hatch but cou ld not see Employee #1. Corn was sloped up on the walls of the grain bin to a he ight of 25 feet, and there was a large mound of corn near the middle of the bin. At 10:15 a.m., Employee #1 became engulfed in the moving corn. The bin entry wa s made without de-energizing and locking out the drag conveyor under the bin. Em ployee #1 was asphyxiated and killed after being buried in the corn. The employe e was recovered from the bin 13 hours later.
Keywords: asphyxiated, caught in, conveyor, corn, grain, grain bin, lockout
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 901608.015 27 M Fatality Laborers, except construction

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