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Inspection: 314027848 - Chs,Inc. Dba United Plains Ag

Inspection Information - Office: Wichita

Nr: 314027848Report ID: 0729700Open Date: 06/30/2010

Chs,Inc. Dba United Plains Ag
255 Highway 40
Weskan, KS 67662
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5153/Grain and Field Beans
NAICS: 424510/Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: 102 North Front St., P.O. Box 280, Sharon Springs, KS 67758

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/30/2010
Emphasis: N:Svep, S:Fall From HeightClose Case:03/02/2011

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $5,000 $70,000 $0 $0 $0 $75,000
Current Penalty $5,000 $0 $35,000 $0 $0 $40,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100219 F03 12/15/2010 12/20/2010 $5,000 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 02001 Repeat 19100023 A03 II 12/15/2010 12/20/2010 $35,000 $70,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201345394Event: 06/29/2010Employee Is Killed In Fall Into Grain Bin
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on June 29, 2010, Employee #1 was working in the gallery of the grain elevator alone. After approximately 45 minutes, the manager and a coworker could not contact Employee #1, so they went to look for him. The manager was looking for the employee in the east gallery when he noticed the cover and grate were missing from a bin. The manager looked into the bin and saw the employee lying on top of the corn in the bin. Employee #1 had fallen 51 ft and 2 in. onto the corn inside the grain bin. The manager then went to the scale house to call for emergency services, where the county sheriff happened to be visiting. The sheriff then initiated the emergency call. Emergency services arrived on site and tried to evaluate the employee from the bin deck level while rescue equipment arrived on site. Once the emergency equipment arrived, two EMS personnel were lowered into the bin to evaluate the employee who showed no signs of life. Employee #1 was extricated from the bin, where a physician pronounced him dead.
Keywords: fall, grain elevator, grain bin
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 314027848 Fatality Other Elevator operators

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