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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 111632469 - Farmers Coop Elevator Co., Houston

Inspection Information - Office: Minnesota

Nr: 111632469Report ID: 0552700Open Date: 04/17/1990

Farmers Coop Elevator Co., Houston
401 W Cedar St.
Houston, MN 55943
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5153/Grain and Field Beans
Mailing: P.O. Box 604, Rushford, MN 55971

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/17/1990
Close Case:07/19/1990

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral900196593   Yes

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $3,575 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,575
Current Penalty $3,575 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,575
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100272 E02 05/08/1990 06/04/1990 $3,575 $3,575 $0 -
  2. 02001 Other 5210063002 05/08/1990 06/04/1990 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 812958Event: 04/16/1990Employee Dies Of Suffocation In Grain Bin
On the morning of April 16, 1990, Employee #1 and two other newly hired feed mill employees were working in a feed mill where either whole soy bean balancer or dairy concentrate was being bagged. Employee #1 told his two coworkers that he was going to shovel some beans and left. The coworkers finished bagging the order, swept the floor, and waited for Employee #1 to return. When Employee #1 did not return, a search was initiated for him by all other employees but he could not be located. It was observed that the product flow from this soy bean balancer bin was only trickling and the lower outlet was opened. The assistant manager probed the outlet opening and reached up and felt shoes. Metal bars were obtained and the floor of the wooden bin was ripped open. The grain flowed onto the floor and Employee #1 could be seen inside the 10 ft high, 5 ft wide, and 10 ft long wooden bin. An outside salesman on the premises who was a first responder obtained his medical kit; two coworkers assisted him in removing Employee #1 from the bin. The ambulance arrived, but efforts to revive Employee #1 failed. The medical examiner stated that his windpipe was blocked with grain and that he had died of suffocation. No formal bin entry procedure had been established by this employer.
Keywords: throat, suffocated, grain, work rules, feed mill, grain bin
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 111632469 Fatality Asphyxia Mixing and blending machine operators

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