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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Illinois Grain Facility After Engulfed Employee Rescued From Corn Storage Bin
MINOOKA, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the Minooka Grain, Lumber and Supply Company for grain-handling safety violations after corn engulfed an employee clearing clumps in a grain storage bin. First responders were able to rescue the worker. The company faces $69,010 in penalties.
OSHA cited the company for two willful and four serious violations for exposing employees to engulfment hazards while walking/working on the grain to make it flow, and allowing employees to enter a grain bin without a body harness and lifeline. The agency also cited the grain-handling facility for exposing employees to fall hazards, and for failing to train employees in grain handling and rescue operations, and provide adequate equipment for rescue operations. OSHA placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
“Employers are required to follow federal and industry recognized safety standards that include training their workers on grain storage hazards to prevent engulfments,”said OSHA Naperville Area Director Jacob Scott.
“Minooka Grain has made significant enhancements to their bin entry procedures since the time of this incident. OSHA is committed to working with companies to abate safety issues and ensure they are taking all necessary steps to protect workers on the job.”
OSHA’s Grain Handling webpage offers extensive resources for assessing hazards associated with grain facilities.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
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