Inspection: 101843142 - Johnson Elevators, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Wichita
Nr: 101843142Report ID:0729700Open Date: 03/17/1988
Johnson Elevators, Inc.
Johnson Elevators
Smolan, KS 67479
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5153/Grain and Field Beans
Mailing: P.O. Box 57, Mentor, KS 67465
Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:PartialAdvanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:SafetyClose Conference:04/04/1988
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:05/25/1988
Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2

Current Violations 2

Initial Penalty 2000

Current Penalty 1500

FTA Amount

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 04/14/1988 05/27/1988 $1000 $1000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100132 A 04/14/1988 04/21/1988 $500 $1000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14503742Event: 03/16/1988Employee Killed When Suffocated In Grain Bin, Another Unhurt
Employee #1 and a coworker were inside a concrete bin standing on the grain removing wheat with a Vac-u-ator, a diesel-powered vacuum machine. Employee #1 dropped the flexible duct and nozzle into the wheat, causing the grain to flow and carry Employee #1 with the grain along the bin's flat bottom. The wheat that had subsided along the bin's northwest quadrant then started to move, burying Employee #1 and killing him. The coworker, although more than half buried, managed to extract himself by grabbing the flexible duct and pulling himself up to the ladder rungs that were along the bin's interior wall. He sustained no injuries.
Keywords: suffocated, flowing material, grain bin, buried, work rules
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 101843142 Fatality Amputation Occupation not reported