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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 $3,575
Current Penalty $3,575 $3,575
FTA Amount

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 mil l 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 w as 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 no t 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 b in was only trickling and the lower outlet was opened. The assistant manager pro bed the outlet opening and reached up and felt shoes. Metal bars were obtained a nd 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 w ooden bin. An outside salesman on the premises who was a first responder obtaine d his medical kit; two coworkers assisted him in removing Employee #1 from the b in. 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 o f suffocation. No formal bin entry procedure had been established by this employ er.
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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