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OSHA Fines Grain Firm $205K After Worker Dies

Farmers Elevator Co., Manteno, IL, received citations for two willful and three serious violations

Grain firm Farmers Elevator Co., Manteno, IL, received citations for two willful and three serious violations and a fine of $205,106 from the U.S. Department of Laborโ€™s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a worker died at its Grant Park, IL elevator, reports Powder & Bulk Solids.

The worker was fatally injured at the site after falling into a grain bin last January. OSHA inspectors determined that the company permitted employees to enter a grain bin using a ladder with rungs spaced greater than 14 inches apart and without a body harness and lifeline.

Farmers Elevator also neglected to provide rescue equipment and exposed workers to engulfment hazards while walking down grain.

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