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OSHA Fines Western Kansas Elevator

KSCB News - December 22, 2010 8:15 am

The federal Occupational Safety and Health
Administration has fined a western Kansas elevator $75,000 in
citations relating to the death of a worker who fell into a grain
bin in June.
OSHA announced the citations issued to United Plains Ag Co-op in
Weskan on Tuesday. The agency says the company violated safety
rules by leaving hatchways and floor chute openings unguarded. It
also contends the firm allegedly exposed workers to machinery
United Plains’ grain operations manager at the facility, Bruce
McCain, declined to comment to The Associated Press, saying he
wanted to put the matter behind him.
Twenty-one-year-old Brett Spressor of Sharon Springs died after
falling about 50 feet into a hole at the top of the elevator. The
bin was half-full of grain at the time.


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