Posted On: August 28, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Grain Bin Accident Kills Worker

A 49-year-old grain bin worker was killed on Friday during an Illinois work accident at the Hillsdale Grain Elevator in Geneseo. Henry County Coroner David Johnson says that he believes that Raymond Nowland died from asphyxiation. An autopsy will be conducted to verify his cause of death.

The deadly Illinois work accident happened at around 3pm as Nowland was removing wet corn from inside the bin. The corn collapsed on the worker and covered him.

Rescuers in grain removal trucks and with their equipment were unable to rescue Nowland in time. OSHA is going to investigate whether proper safety precautions had been put in place and whether the deadly Illinois work accident could have been prevented.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation
Our Illinois workers’ compensation law firm wants to remind you that if your family member was killed in an Illinois work accident, you should file your claim for survivors’ benefits as soon as possible. An experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer can make sure you receive the maximum that you are owed.

Some reasons why grain bins are a suffocation hazard:
• New grain bins tend to be large in size, as are grain handling rates
• Often, grain bin workers work solo when moving or monitoring grain
• A worker may start grain transfer without realizing there is a co-worker in the bin
• Inadequate rescue response plan
• Inadequate safety measures

It doesn’t matter whether anyone was at fault in causing an Illinois grain bin accident. Employers should provide their employees with Illinois workers’ compensation for their work-related injuries or illness. Family members of a worker killed because of his/her job should get survivors' benefits.

Worker dies in Geneseo grain elevator accident, WQAD, August 27, 2010

Suffocation Hazard in Grain Bins, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture (PDF)

Related Web Resources:


OSHA Lambasts Grain Companies for Workplace Deaths and Injuries, FairWarning, August 5, 2010

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