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Farmer dies after falling 45 feet from silo.

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 95MN051, 1996 Feb; :1-2
A 50-year-old male farmer (victim) died from injuries sustained when he fell 45 feet from a silo. On the morning of the incident, the victim used a silo blower to blow recently harvested corn into a silo. After adding several loads of corn, the victim climbed the silo door ladder rungs until he reached the fifth door from the top. The victim was wearing a pair of general purpose "tennis" type shoes at the time of the incident. He opened the door, possibly to check on the level of the corn in the silo. After opening the door and while standing on the silo door ladder rungs, he slipped from the rungs and fell to the bottom of the silo. He was found by his wife lying face down on the concrete floor of the silo room. She immediately placed a call to emergency medical personnel. They arrived at the scene shortly after being notified and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. workers should always wear footwear that is appropriate for the work environment.
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; Personal-protection; Protective-equipment; Safety-clothing; Farmers; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MN051; 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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