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Sep 30, 2021

OSHA Closes Southeastern Grain Investigation

Incident involved death of Andrew Rupard at its Lake City, SC, facility in 2019

source: News13

Southeastern Grain, Lake City, SC, has paid $17,360 in fines following a fatality investigation into an incident involving its grain silo in November 2019.

News13 reports the penalties ranged from $1,750 to $4,200 for seven violations.

The case was triggered by the November 2019 death of Andrew Rupard, the facilities manager who died inside the grain bin.

News13 has obtained dozens of pages of documents from throughout the investigation, which said that the facility had a body harness, but not a lifeline, and that an assistant manager was not trained in rescue procedures in case someone became engulfed in the bin.

The case was closed in late June after OSHA arrived at the facility for a follow-up inspection and learned that it had been sold in 2020.

Read the full report at News13.

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