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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 306286295 - Western Consolidated Cooperative

Inspection Information - Office: Minnesota

Nr: 306286295Report ID: 0552700Open Date: 05/13/2003

Western Consolidated Cooperative
Front Street
Danvers, MN 56231
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5153/Grain and Field Beans
NAICS: 424510/Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: 101 Rand Street Po Box 78, Holloway, MN 56249

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/14/2003
Close Case:05/19/2003

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200513281Event: 05/12/2003Employee Falls Into Steel And Dies From Asphyxiation
On May 12, 2003, Employee #1 and a coworker were in the process of emptying soybeans from a freestanding steel bin. Employee #1 was responsible for operating the bottom unloading equipment, and the coworker working as a truck driver was hauling the semi loads to a different location. The coworker returned to the bin site, noticed that the bottom-unloading auger was running, and was unable to locate Employee #1 at the site. The coworker looked into the bin, and saw a shovel and rod inside the bin. Rescue personnel were contacted, the body of Employee #1 was located in the bin were. Employee #1died of asphyxiation.
Keywords: die, asphyxiated, steel, driver, truck, auger
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 306286295 Fatality Asphyxia Graders and sorters, agricultural products

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