Farmer dies after falling from the top of a silo.
NIOSH 1993 Apr; :1-3
A 61-year-old male farmer (victim) died of injuries he received after falling approximately 50 feet from the top of a silo. He was, presumably, preparing the silo for filling and had ascended it, by means of a caged ladder, to open some hatches at its top. Fall protection was not being used by the victim at the time of the incident, and there were no witnesses. A farm helper found the victim lying on the dirt drive at the base of the silo within ten minutes of having last seen him. He was dead on the scene. MN FACE investigators recommend that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, the following guidelines be followed: 1. when working at elevations, workers should tie off to a substantial stationary support above the working height; and 2. boots with non-skid soles should be worn by farm workers.
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; Protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Farmers; Agricultural-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Minnesota Department of Health