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Farm supply store manager killed when engulfed by corn in grain bin.

Nebraska Department of Labor
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 02NE017, 2006 Jun; :1-7
A 51-year-old farm supply store manager was killed when engulfed by moving corn inside a grain bin at the company's grain mill. The victim and a co-worker (truck driver) were attempting to empty corn from an overhead load-out bin into a truck. As they started to empty the bin, it appeared the discharge chute at the bottom of the bin was plugged by crusted corn. After several attempts to free the plug from below, the victim climbed into the bin with a steel rod to break up the obstruction. The driver stayed outside to close the control gate once the grain started to flow. When the victim broke the obstruction the grain started flowing. The driver attempted to close the control gate, but could not. When the grain broke free, it caused the victim to be drawn down towards the chute. The driver heard a loud sound from inside the bin and the grain stopped flowing again. He climbed to the top of the bin and looked inside for the victim, but could not see him. Help was summoned. The victim was extracted approximately two hours later and declared dead on the scene. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor's Investigator concluded that to help prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Develop, implement, and enforce an emergency action plan. 2. Train employees in the recognition and prevention of hazards associated with grain facilities, especially those hazards associated with their own work tasks. 3. Train employees on the correct bin entry procedures to include the establishment of a confined space program. 4. Provide and train on its use, the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) required for bin entry procedures. 5. Establish a Safety Committee and an Effective Written Injury Prevention Program.
Region-7; 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; Training; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-products; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Milling-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02NE017; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Nebraska Department of Labor
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division