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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 63310.015 - Dakota Ag Cooperative

Inspection Information - Office: Bismarck

Nr: 63310.015Report ID: 0830300Open Date: 06/10/2011

Dakota Ag Cooperative
5324 165th Avenue Se
Kindred, ND 58051
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 424510/Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: 5500 Cenex Drive, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/10/2011
Emphasis: L:GrainClose Case:10/31/2011

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $28,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $28,000
Current Penalty $19,600 $0 $0 $0 $0 $19,600
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100023 A08 08/11/2011 09/13/2011 $7,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100023 C02 08/11/2011 09/13/2011 $5,600 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 19100272 E01 08/11/2011 09/13/2011 $0 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100272 H03 08/11/2011 09/13/2011 $7,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 2028.015Event: 06/09/2011Employee Is Engulfed In Corn Storage Building
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on June 9, 2011, Employee #1 was pushing corn with a front end loader in a flat storage building. The grain supervisor tried to contact the employee via radio because the corn had stopped flowing through the sump hole onto the lower conveyor. The employee did not respond after three attempts to contact him via radio. The grain supervisor then tried to contact the employee via cell phone. The employee still did not respond. The grain supervisor then instructed a coworker to go to the corn storage building to check on Employee #1. When the employee got to the corn storage building, he found the front end loader running and the cab door open but could not locate Employee #1. A coworker went down into the conveyor tunnel below the corn strorage building to see if Employee #1 had gone down to check on the conveyor. Employee #1 was not in the conveyor tunnel. The grounds around the flat storage building were checked as well. The coworker radioed back to the grain supervisor that he could not locate Employee #1. The grain supervisor went to the flat storage building and assumed the worst that Employee #1 had become engulfed in corn. Emergency personnel were summoned and a rescue attempt was undertaken. Shortly thereafter, the process became a recovery which lasted nearly 9 hours. Employee #1 was recovered from the sump hole in the floor of the flat storage building. There were no witnesses to this event and the reasoning behind why Employee #1 exited the front end loader is still undetermined.
Keywords: asphyxiated, grain elevator
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 63310.015 Fatality Asphyxia Laborers, except construction

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