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Farmer dies after falling 45 feet from silo.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1999 Feb; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20027627
Abstract
A 45-year-old farmer (victim) died from injuries sustained when he fell 45 feet from a silo. On the morning of the incident, the victim had climbed up the enclosed silo ladder to check the level of corn inside the silo. The day before the incident occurred, the victim and his brother had been filling the silo with shelled corn. Shortly after opening the silo door, the victim was overcome by a toxic gas which caused him to collapse and fall head first down the ladder chute. The victim's brother discovered him lying at the base of the silo and immediately placed a call to emergency medical personnel. They arrived at the scene shortly after being notified and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. workers who must enter a silo within several weeks of filling should ventilate the silo and wear a self-contained breathing apparatus before entering it.
Keywords
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Agricultural-workers; Ladders; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Agriculture; Farmers; Confined-spaces; Gases
CAS No.
10102-44-0
Publication Date
19990222
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
PB2010-115347
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-99MN007; 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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