Farmer dies after falling 45 feet from silo.
NIOSH 1999 Feb; :1-2
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.
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
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Minnesota Department of Health