Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Worker's leg got caught in an open running auger inside a steel grain bin and was later amputated at Ellsworth Co-op, Kansas

A flag waves in the wind on top of a grain storage bin, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, near Dedham, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

By Associated Press; Nick Viviani |
Posted: Tue 11:27 AM, Sep 20, 2016

ELLSWORTH, Kan. (AP) — Federal workplace safety officials are investigating a Kansas grain bin accident in which a worker's leg got caught in a running auger and was later amputated.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that the 28-year-old Ellsworth Co-op worker had his left leg surgically removed Monday after the accident.

OSHA says in a statement that the unidentified worker stepped into an open auger well inside a steel grain bin while the auger was operational.

As OSHA's regional chief in Wichita, Judy Freeman says workers should never enter such bins when an auger is running.

The co-op's general manager and president, Larry Sheridan, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that OSHA investigators haven't been to that site since the accident and that he had no comment. 


OSHA has opened an investigation at the grain handling facility.

“Workers should never enter grain bins while augers are operating,” said ”

OSHA says it has identified six major hazards in the grain-handling industry including engulfment, falls, auger entanglement, struck-by, combustible dust explosions and electrocution hazards.
A man is in the hospital after getting his leg stuck in an auger.

The Ellsworth County Sheriff says it happened at the Ellsworth County Co-op just before 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

A medical helicopter was called in to transport the man to the hospital.

Eyewitness News reached out to several agencies but were not been able to confirm the man's condition.