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Accident: 813246 - Employee Dies Of Asphyxia In Grain Bin

Accident: 813246 -- Report ID: 0552700 -- Event Date: 03/06/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12655778403/11/19960115Buysse Inc.
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on March 6, 1996, Employee #1 and two coworkers were unloading a grain bin. Employee #1 and one coworker climbed inside the bin to throw out a crusted layer while the other coworker operated a vacuum system. After one 1,500 bushel load, the coworker climbed out of the bin and started the vacuum again to fill the hopper of the auger. Inside the bin, Employee #1 was drawn down into the soybeans. He died of asphyxia. He was not wearing any safety equipment, nor did the employer have written safety programs or safety equipment.
Keywords: asphyxiated, lifeline, agriculture, work rules, cleaning, safety belt, flowing material, soybeans, buried, grain bin
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126557784 Fatality Asphyxia Farm workers

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