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Safety officials to investigate fatal grain bin accident in Waverly, IA

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate a grain bin accident that claimed the life of an Iowa father and son.

Rick Schneider and his son, Adam became trapped in eight to ten feet of corn in the bin at Schneider's Milling in Waverly Thursday afternoon.

Fire officials say the men were doing maintenance work when it happened.  Happel says the two men were trapped under several feet of corn, making it difficult to get them out.

"The issue was having to cut through the side of the grain bin in order to access them so that's what took the most time. Because they couldn't come out the top because of the restriction for the height," Dennis Happel, Chief, Waverly Fire Department said.

The men were checking the bin because a small fire had occurred inside on Wednesday. Happel says they likely died from lack of oxygen in the bin.  He is not sure if they had any safety equipment with them.

 

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