The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited North Central Farmers Elevator in Ipswich, S.D., with six willful violations for exposing workers to being engulfed by grain.
Proposed penalties total $378,000.
"It's fortunate that the North Central Farmers Elevator worker who was engulfed survived - because many don't," said assistant wecretary of labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "Grain entrapments are killing workers. Grain elevator owners and operators must implement well-known safety practices to prevent workers from being hurt or killed in a grain bin."
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