Inspection: 312804909 - Garden City Coop, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Wichita
Nr: 312804909Report ID:0729700Open Date: 11/12/2009
Garden City Coop, Inc.
Amy Elevator 75 W. Hwy 96
Dighton, KS 67839
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5153/Grain and Field Beans
NAICS: 424510/Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: Po Box 838, 106 N. 6th St., Garden City, KS 67846
Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:PartialAdvanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:HealthClose Conference:11/19/2009
Close Case:08/03/2010
Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5

Current Violations 3

Initial Penalty 35000

Current Penalty 15000

FTA Amount

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100272 G02 01/13/2010 05/26/2010 $5000 $7000 $0 01/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100272 G03 01/13/2010 05/26/2010 $5000 $7000 $0 01/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100272 G04 01/13/2010 05/26/2010 $5000 $7000 $0 01/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 4. 01004 Serious 19100272 G05 01/13/2010 02/18/2010 $7000 $7000 $0 01/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 5. 01005 Serious 19100272 G06 01/13/2010 02/18/2010 $7000 $7000 $0 01/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201345238Event: 11/12/2009Employee Is Killed In Grain Engulfment
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on November 12, 2009, Employee #1, the Branch Manager at the Garden City Co-op, Inc., and a coworker, were attempting to free jammed milo in a grain bin. They unsuccessfully attempted to get the grain to flow by poking with a metal bar from the pit and by reaching into the bin at the side-entry manhole with a long-handled scraper. The grain level was at and above the level of the manhole. The distance from the manhole to the throat of the chute at the bottom of the bin was approximately 17 ft. Employee #1 entered the bin wearing a harness and a lifeline, which was attached to a tractor positioned outside the bin at the manhole. The coworker, acting as the observer, was positioned at the manhole cover. Employee #1 instructed the coworker to go into the pit and probe from the pit while he attempted to break up the grain from inside the bin. The coworker did as he was instructed, and the grain slowly began to flow. After the coworker returned to the work floor, the grain flow stopped again. The coworker repeated the process at Employee #1's direction. When the coworker again returned to the work floor, Employee #1 was not visible and did not respond to calls. The coworker then turned off the leg and attempted to pull Employee #1 out of the bin by starting the tractor and backing it away from the manhole. At the truck dump grate, the rear tire on the tractor lost traction and would not back any further. The coworker then called the Elevator Superintendent and summoned emergency responders. Employee #1 was rescued from the bin by emergency response personnel and transported to the Lane County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Keywords: grain, grain bin, work rules, safety belt, lifeline, asphyxiated, jammed, buried
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312804909 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported