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Accident: 734434 - Suffocated In Corn Bin

Accident: 734434 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 10/02/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10542667010/06/19862048Shuler Feed Mill
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS KNOCKING CHUNKS OF CORN OFF THE INNER SURFACES OF A GRAIN BIN. HE EITHER PASSED OUT OR GOT CAUGHT IN AN AUGER FUNNEL AND WAS SUFFOCATED UNDER THE CORN. THE BIN WAS 30 FEET HIGH AND 18 FEET IN DIAMETER. THERE WAS APPROXIMATELY 10 FEET OF CORN STORED IN THE BIN. AT CAPACITY, THE BIN HOLDS 12,000 BUSHELS OF CORN. THE ONLY BIN ENTRANCE IS AT THE TOP. A ROPE HAD BEEN PROVIDED FOR EMPLOYEE #1 TO USE AS A LIFELINE, BUT HE DID NOT USE IT. EMPLOYEE #1 DIED OF ASPHYXIATION.
Keywords: asphyxiated, lifeline, confined space, suffocated, corn, flowing material, grain bin
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105426670 Fatality Asphyxia Laborers, except construction

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