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Accident: 787515 - Employee Suffocated By Grass Seed

Accident: 787515 -- Report ID: 1054118 -- Event Date: 11/29/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12371711811/30/19935191Duane R Hofer & Duane R Hofer Jr
Employee #1 and a coworker had jumped into an open bin containing grass seed. They were attempting to kick out a "bridge" that had formed below the surface and was interrupting the seed flow from the bin to an auger conveyor. After they had broken down the bridged seed, a funneling effect was created. Employee #1 became engulfed and buried by the seed as it funneled toward the conveyor. He died.
Keywords: suffocated, auger mechanism, clogged, flowing material, conveyor, bridged material, buried, grain bin
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 123717118 Fatality Asphyxia Farm workers

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