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A 35-year-old male died after falling into and suffocating in a corn bin containing approximately 40,000 bushels of corn.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1992 Mar; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20027204
Abstract
A 35-year-old male (victim) died on the farm he managed after falling into and suffocating in a corn bin containing approximately 40,000 bushels of corn. The corn was being unloaded onto semi trailer trucks for transportation to a nearby chicken farm. No standby person was present when the victim entered the bin and the grain auger had not been shut down. Earlier, corn flow from the auger had stopped intermittently, and the victim was apparently attempting to unclog a jam with a garden rake when the incident occurred. There were no witnesses. Approximately six hours after falling into the bin, his body was recovered near the point of corn removal at the bottom of the bin. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, farm personnel should: 1. enter confined spaces only when a standby person is present and use personal protective equipment such as safety belts or harnesses when feasible; 2. fully shut down operating equipment within confined spaces and use appropriate well-maintained tools for specific procedures; 3. post warning signs at entrances to confined spaces containing stored grains; and 4. retrofit grain storage facilities with mechanical leveling or raking devices, if possible, to minimize the need to enter grain storage bins.
Keywords
Region-5; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Grain-elevator-workers; Grain-elevators; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Confined-spaces; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Protective-materials
Publication Date
19920316
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-111917
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-92MN001; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
SIC Code
NAICS-11
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MN
Performing Organization
Minnesota Department of Health
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