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Inspection: 304604010 - Surplus Warehouse Of Willmar Mn, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Minnesota

Nr: 304604010Report ID: 0552700Open Date: 07/23/2001

Surplus Warehouse Of Willmar Mn, Inc.
1/4 Mile South Of U.S. Highway 2 In Lake Park
Lake Park, MN 56554
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7389/Business Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 3701 West Highway 12, Willmar, MN 56201

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/31/2001
Close Case:08/30/2004

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 2 5
Current Violations 1 3 4
Initial Penalty $25,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $25,300
Current Penalty $25,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $25,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19100134 A02 08/31/2001 09/24/2001 $0 $300 $0 09/21/2001 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 19100272 G02 08/31/2001 09/05/2001 $12,500 $12,500 $0 09/21/2001 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100272 G03 08/31/2001 09/05/2001 $25,000 $12,500 $0 09/21/2001 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 02001 Other 5206070001 B 08/31/2001 09/24/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  5. 02002 Other 5206070001 D 08/31/2001 09/24/2001 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 304604010Event: 07/19/2001Employee Asphyxiated In Grain Bin
Employee #1 was a day laborer hired to help vacuum out the grain bins. The grain truck was filled in 20 to 25 minutes with Employee #1 working the nozzle of the vacuum inside the east grain bin and the owner watching the equipment and acting as an observer. Employee #1 was not wearing a harness or body belt and lanyard. During the filling of the second truck another employee noticed the discharge of wheat into his truck had lessened and the owner went to the bin and could not see Employee #1. The angle of repose of the wheat at the time of the incident was approximately 37.5 degrees. Employee #1's body was recovered in the grain bin at approximately 4:15 p.m. in a location six to seven feet in from the wall of the bin. Employee #1's upper body was buried in 2.5 ft to 3 ft of wheat and was covered by 4 ft to 5 ft of wheat. Employee #1 was asphyxiated.
Keywords: asphyxiated, grain, safety belt, buried, grain bin
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 304604010 Fatality Asphyxia Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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