Notes from the Field: Death of a Farm Worker After Exposure to Manure Gas in an Open Air Environment — Wisconsin, August 2016
Nationally, farm “confined space” deaths (or injuries and close calls) are relatively common with 1,873 cases identified since 1964 in bins, silos, transport vehicles, and manure storage structures (NCERA 197, 2016). Of these, 143 cases were associated with manure storage structures.
Confined space hazards in agriculture are relatively well-known. However, on August 15, 2016, at approximately 6:30 a.m., a previously healthy male employee of a Wisconsin beef farm was found dead near the edge of an outdoor 60,400 square foot (1.4 acre) manure storage basin. Visit Notes from the Field: Death of a Farm Worker After Exposure to Manure Gas in an Open Air Environment — Wisconsin, August 2016 to learn how it is possible to have a manure gas hazard in an open outdoor space.
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