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Inspection: 312440266 - Hanson Services

Inspection Information - Office: Iowa
Nr: 312440266Report ID:0751910Open Date: 07/22/2008
Hanson Services
802 N. Main
Goldfield, IA 50542
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7349/Building Cleaning and Maintenance Services, Not Elsewhere
NAICS: 561790/Other Services to Buildings and Dwellings
Mailing: P.O. Box 163, Eagle Grove, IA 50533
Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:PartialAdvanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:HealthClose Conference:12/11/2008
Emphasis: S:Fatality CatastropheClose Case:
Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100521699    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4
5

2

11
Current Violations 4
5

2

11
Initial Penalty 6000
105000

600

111600
Current Penalty
31500



31500
FTA Amount






Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100272 E02 12/31/2008 02/16/2009 $0 $1500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19100272 G01 I 12/31/2008 02/16/2009 $0 $1500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 19100272 G01 I 12/31/2008 02/16/2009 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003 Serious 19100272 G04 12/31/2008 02/16/2009 $0 $1500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01004 Serious 19100272 G05 12/31/2008 02/16/2009 $0 $1500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 02001 WillFul 19100147 C01 12/31/2008 02/16/2009 $10500 $21000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 02002 WillFul 19100147 C04 I 12/31/2008 02/16/2009 $0 $21000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 02003 WillFul 19100272 E01 II 12/31/2008 02/16/2009 $10500 $21000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  9. 02004 WillFul 19100272 G01 II 12/31/2008 02/16/2009 $0 $21000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  10. 02005 WillFul 19100272 G06 12/31/2008 02/16/2009 $10500 $21000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  11. 03001 Other 19040029 A 12/31/2008 02/16/2009 $0 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  12. 03002 Other 19100134 C01 12/31/2008 02/16/2009 $0 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200532810Event: 07/21/2008Employee Is Suffocated, Another Fractures Collar Bone
Six contracted employees were engaged in cleaning a soybean bin of the host employer elevator. Four of these employees entered the soybean grain silo in order to remove the remaining soybeans and other material from the bottom of the bin. One employee acted as the attendant at the side entrance portal. Another employee stayed outside at the bottom of the bin to operate a slide gate discharge door. Employees #1 and three coworkers entered the bin to push soybeans and other material toward the discharge chute. Employee #1 stood next to the discharge chute. Two coworkers stood by the soybeans in the bin while the last employee was moving around the outer edge of the bin dislodging small areas of soybeans. The three coworkers were using shovels and potato forks to dislodge and push the soybeans and other material toward the discharge chute by Employee #1. Two employees uncovered an area that connected the bin being cleaned to an adjoining interstice bin. Soybeans from the interstice bin began to flow very rapidly. Due to the angled floor of the bin, the flowing soybeans naturally moved to the discharge chute. Employee #1 was swept off his feet and into the discharge chute. The discharge chute led to the drag conveyor that fed the grain dryer. Employee #1 was engulfed by the soybeans. One employee closed the slide gate, trapping Employee #1's foot in the gate. The five remaining contract employees and the host employer's rescue personnel were unable to remove Employee #1. The discharge slide gate was reopened, causing Employee #1 to move further down the chute. Employee #1 suffocated before the discharge chute could be removed by the host employer. Employee #1 was wearing a fall arrest harness but did not attach the harness and lanyard to the lifeline. Employee #1 died. Employee #2 broke his collar bone due to the strain of pulling on the shoulder strap of Employee #1's harness. The surviving employees were taken to the hospital for observation. Only Employee #2 was hospitalized for one night.
Keywords: asphyxiated, suffocated, grain, grain bin, fracture, collarbone
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312440266 Hospitalized injury Fracture Laborers, except construction
2 312440266 Fatality Asphyxia Laborers, except construction