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Inspection: 115081176 - Central Counties Cooperative

Inspection Information - Office: Iowa

Nr: 115081176Report ID: 0751910Open Date: 05/01/1996

Central Counties Cooperative
125 High Street
Kellogg, IA 50135
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5153/Grain and Field Beans

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/24/1996
Close Case:06/04/1998

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 3 7
Current Violations 4 3 7
Initial Penalty $6,600 $63,000 $69,600
Current Penalty $4,000 $36,000 $40,000
FTA Amount

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100272 E01 II 06/06/1996 11/07/1996 $1,000 $1,650 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100272 G03 06/06/1996 11/07/1996 $1,000 $1,650 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100272 G04 06/06/1996 11/07/1996 $1,000 $1,650 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100272 G05 06/06/1996 11/07/1996 $1,000 $1,650 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 02001 Willful 19100272 E02 06/06/1996 11/07/1996 $12,000 $21,000 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 02002 Willful 19100272 G01 I 06/06/1996 11/07/1996 $12,000 $21,000 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 02003 Willful 19100272 G02 06/06/1996 11/07/1996 $12,000 $21,000 $0 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200520021Event: 04/30/1996Employee Suffocates When Pulled Into Storage Bin Of Beans
Employee #1 and a coworker entered the top of a 48 ft diameter, 70,000 bushel capacity steel grain bin that was filled with approximately 15 ft of beans. The two workers were trying to clear an obstruction of bean pods, but found that they couldn't dig down far enough to reach the side trap. They then decided to see if they could reach and operate the middle trap. While Employee #1 stayed inside the bin, his coworker exited, went down to the ground, and manually shut the side trap door from the outside. Then he went to the control station for the auger, which was running, and opened the middle trap. Very few beans came out, and the coworker said that he felt something unusual as he was closing the trap. He turned off the auger and returned to the grain bin's opening, but could not see Employee #1. The coworker immediately called for help, and then re-entered the bin to find Employee #1, who had been sucked down into the beans. He died of suffocation. Neither Employee #1 nor the coworker were wearing personal protective equipment, and a permit had not been issued for their job.
Keywords: suffocated, lockout, grain bin, jammed, auger, ppe, work rules, fall protection, caught by, unstable surface
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 115081176 Fatality Asphyxia Laborers, except construction

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