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Farmer dies from becoming entangled in an unshielded auger.

Minnesota Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 94MN033, 1994 Dec; :1-2
A 46-year-old male farmer (victim) died from injuries sustained when he became entangled in the unshielded auger of a cattle lot feedbunk. The victim was unloading feed from an upright silo equipped with an automatic silo unloader. The feed dropped down the silo chute and into a pile at one end of the feedbunk. The unshielded auger filled the feedbunk by moving feed down the center of the feedbunk. While the system was operating, the victim apparently entered the feedbunk and walked approximately one third of the distance down it. He either slipped and fell or attempted to step over the auger, and his right leg became entangled in the auger. He sustained several large lacerations on the back side of his right thigh. After a fuse blew for the auger motor and the system stopped, he freed himself from the auger. He climbed out of the feedbunk and either walked or crawled a short distance to exit the cattle lot. He entered the farm yard and continued approximately 25 to 30 feet past the silo where he collapsed and died. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. all augers should be stopped, and the power source locked out, before operators attempt to perform any service or repair work; and 2. all augers should be shielded to prevent operators from becoming entangled.
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; Farmers; Equipment-operators; Equipment-design; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MN033; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Minnesota Department of Health
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