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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 306018862 - United Farmers Cooperative

Inspection Information - Office: Omaha

Nr: 306018862Report ID: 0728900Open Date: 11/25/2003

United Farmers Cooperative
465 N Railroad St
Seward, NE 68434
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5153/Grain and Field Beans
NAICS: 424510/Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: 2803 N. Nebraska Ave., York, NE 68467

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/14/2004
Close Case:08/15/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $0 $168,000 $0 $0 $0 $168,000
Current Penalty $0 $110,000 $0 $0 $0 $110,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Willful 19100272 G01 II 05/14/2004 05/26/2006 $36,650 $56,000 $0 05/28/2004 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002A Willful 19100272 G02 05/14/2004 05/26/2006 $36,650 $56,000 $0 05/28/2004 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01002B Willful 19100272 G03 05/14/2004 05/26/2006 $0 $0 $0 05/28/2004 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01003 Willful 19100272 G04 05/14/2004 05/26/2006 $36,700 $56,000 $0 05/28/2004 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200052157Event: 11/24/2003Soybeans Engulfs And Kills Employee
Employee's #1 and a coworker were instructed to go into a metal bin filled with approximately 70,000 bushels of soy beans to unclog the under bin belt conveyor. The total capacity of the bin is approximately 250,000 bushel. The coworker entered the bin first and was using a piece of PVC piping to try and unclog the access gate to the under bin belt conveyor. Employee #1 entered and took over for the coworker. As both employees were still in the bin, Employee #1 broke through the access gate and the soybeans began to flow. Employee #1 was pulled into the access gate and the soybeans began to cover him. The coworker tried to pull Employee #1 out. The coworker almost got engulfed himself. Rescue crews arrived and cut holes in the sides of the bin to get to Employee #1. It took approximately 2 hours to 3 hours to free Employee #1. Employee #1 died of asphyxia.
Keywords: asphyxiated, storage bin, clogged, soybeans, conveyor
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 306018862 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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