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Farmer dies in Indiana, May 26, 1987.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1987 Jul; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
00177515
Abstract
The owner of a 100 acre grain farm was engulfed in shelled corn inside a 12,000 bushel capacity grain storage bin and suffocated. He was well acquainted with the proper safety procedures to be used when entering a storage bin. The farmer was diabetic and had been having dizzy spells. His purpose at the bin that day was to remove part of the 8,000 bushels of shelled corn inside onto a truck and to stir the remaining corn with an auger to help lower the temperature and prevent spoilage. It was assumed that he climbed the ladder to the top and entered the door of the bin. His son arrived some time later, noted the auger running and finished loading the truck, assuming his father was visiting neighbors. After loading, the son closed the chute but left the auger running and left the site. Two hours later he returned looking for his father. The bin was opened and holes were cut in the base to remove the corn, which took about 2 hours by hand before the farmer was found. The cause of death was listed as suffocation. It is recommended that a standby person always be used when working in a confined space arrangement, and that harnesses and life lines be used when the confined space contains unstable materials.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; FACE-87-49; Region-5; Grain-elevators; Agricultural-workers; Confined-spaces; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-practices
Publication Date
19870720
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-190251
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-87-49
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-11
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-87-49, 4 pages
State
IN; WV
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