Worker crushed to death by maize

2011-04-18 16:54

Johannesburg - A man was crushed to death by hundreds of kilograms of maize after falling into a grain silo in Nussey in the Free State on Monday, paramedics said.

Netcare911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said the man had been inside the silo directing the maize into a feeder channel at the base.

According to reports he lost his footing and fell into the feeder.

Paramedics dug through the grain for three hours before they found his body, which was wedged into the feeder, Wicks said.

The man was declared dead at the scene.

  • Shelley Pembroke - 2011-04-18 17:08

    Horribly tragic, and condolences, but this really is just begging to become a CSI meme.

  • Rapier - 2011-04-18 18:24

    In the mining industry they close down either the entire shaft/section, or perhaps the whole mine. One wonders what the level of training is, in this particular industry.

      MaLemmer - 2011-04-18 20:00

      Just above head height, it appears!

      Grazy - 2011-04-18 20:09

      Instinck stopped me from starting a jaw crusher on a mine. There was a well trained worker with a koefoet inside the crusher clearing a jam. No lockout, now call to the control room, and three co workers standing around directing the work.

      LBS - 2011-04-19 13:57

      Good for you Grazy, well done!

  • nesquik458 - 2011-04-19 06:35


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