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Interstate Commodities Cited in Grain Bin Fatality

Company could face up to $228,592 in penalties


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Interstate Commodities for grain handling violations after an employee was fatally engulfed in a grain bin at the company’s Fremont, NE, facility in September 2019, reports Nebraska TV.

The company has been placed in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program and could face up to $228,592 in penalties.

OSHA claims that Interstate Commodities engaged in the storage and wholesale trade of agricultural commodities, meaning the company was violating the grain handling standards by allowing the employee to enter the bin without a harness and lifeline.

The company was cited for seven repeat and ten serious safety and health violations.

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