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Inspection: 311246045 - Access Ag, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Aurora

Nr: 311246045Report ID: 0521400Open Date: 09/26/2007

Access Ag, Inc.
2490 W.Grand Ridge Rd.
Mazon, IL 60444
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5153/Grain and Field Beans
NAICS: 424510/Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/20/2008
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:04/25/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 3 7
Current Violations 4 3 7
Initial Penalty $11,250 $147,000 $158,250
Current Penalty $6,750 $88,200 $94,950
FTA Amount

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100026 A01 V 03/24/2008 04/11/2008 $450 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19100026 A03 VII 03/24/2008 04/11/2008 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002A Serious 19100272 D 03/24/2008 05/01/2008 $2,100 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01002B Serious 19100272 G04 03/24/2008 04/11/2008 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01003 Serious 19100272 E01 03/24/2008 04/11/2008 $2,100 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01004 Serious 19100272 G03 03/24/2008 04/11/2008 $2,100 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 02001 Willful 19100272 G01 II 03/24/2008 04/11/2008 $29,400 $49,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 02002 Willful 19100272 G01 IV 03/24/2008 04/11/2008 $29,400 $49,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  9. 02003 Willful 19100272 G02 03/24/2008 04/11/2008 $29,400 $49,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200823615Event: 09/24/2007Employee Is Asphyxiated When Engulfed By Grain
At approximately 11:20 p.m., four employees of a grain coop attempted to unclog a grain bin to maintain the flow of a 230,000-bushel capacity grain bin that was approximately one-fourth full. The bin was 72-ft in diameter and approximately 80-ft high. Employees #1 and #2 entered through the top of the bin and descended the ladder to the grain. No fall protection or personal protective equipment was utilized. One carried a length of conduit, the other a length of rebar, and, with only flashlights for lighting, positioned themselves over the clogged chute and conveyor while two other employees, Employees #3 and #4, attempted the same from the tunnel below the bin. The conveyor was energized and operating during this process. When the chute cleared and the grain flowed Employee #2 began to sink into the grain. Employee #1 grabbed Employee #2 and pulled him free when instantaneously Employee #1 was overcome by the flow of the grain. Employee #2 grabbed Employee #1 to save him but could not retrieve him. Employee #1 disappeared into the grain. Employee #2 screamed and was heard only by a fifth employee who entered the powerhouse and shut down the conveyor system. Numerous Fire and Emergency Medical Service units responded. The coroner was contacted and was on site. Employee #1's body was removed on September 25, 2007 at approximately 5:00 a.m. and he was pronounced dead.
Keywords: asphyxiated, grain, grain bin
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 311246045 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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