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Inspection: 311248405 - Utica Elevator Company

Inspection Information - Office: Aurora

Nr: 311248405Report ID: 0521400Open Date: 03/07/2008

Utica Elevator Company
208 Clark Street
Utica, IL 61373
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5153/Grain and Field Beans
NAICS: 424510/Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/26/2008
Close Case:11/05/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 4 7
Current Violations 3 4 7
Initial Penalty $3,750 $3,750
Current Penalty $3,000 $3,000
FTA Amount

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100147 C06 IC 08/28/2008 09/30/2008 $600 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100272 G01 I 08/28/2008 09/30/2008 $1,200 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100272 G05 08/28/2008 09/30/2008 $1,200 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02001 Other 19100147 C06 II 08/28/2008 09/30/2008 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 02002 Other 19100178 L06 08/28/2008 09/30/2008 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 02003 Other 19100272 D 08/28/2008 09/30/2008 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 02004 Other 19100272 I01 08/28/2008 09/30/2008 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200823730Event: 03/07/2008Employee Suffocates In Grain Bin Accident
A grain elevator superintendent and a truck driver, both employees of a grain el evator company, were loading a truck with soybeans from a 7,600-kiloliter capaci ty steel bin that was 18 meters high and 23 meters in diameter. The superintende nt ascended the outside ladder and descended the inside ladder of the bin. He th en stood on the beans, trying to unclog the open front floor hole with a garden hoe. The truck driver, who was in radio contact with the superintendent, stayed outside the bin. The truck driver told the worker in the bin that they needed to stop the loading operation and take care of another customer at another buildin g for 10 to 15 minutes. The driver shut off the unload conveyor. When he returne d to the bin, he told the superintendent that they needed to run the unload conv eyor for about 3 more minutes to fill the truck, which had a capacity of approxi mately 29 kiloliters. When the truck was filled, the driver turned off the unloa d conveyor and told the superintendent to exit the bin. The superintendent said it would be easier to exit the bottom side door of the bin, but the driver advis ed the superintendent that there was too much product in front of the door to ex it there. Because he did not want to climb the ladders, and despite a second war ning, the superintendent insisted on leaving by the side door. As the truck driv er started to leave to deliver his load, he heard the superintendent call for he lp on the radio. The driver summoned emergency medical services and found the su perintendent totally engulfed by soybeans. The coroner pronounced the superinten dent dead of asphyxia at the scene. There was an estimated 1,200 kiloliters of s oybeans in the bin at the time of the accident. The employer's written safety an d health program prohibited entry into bins from above the level of the grain wi thout a body harness, with life line or boatswain's chair, an attendant, and sui table rescue equipment. It was company policy never to enter a grain bin from th e top. The superintendent had 30 years of experience in the grain handling indus try.
Keywords: asphyxiated, grain, work rules, clogged, buried, grain bin
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 311248405 Fatality Asphyxia Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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