OSHA Fines Grain Co-Op $1.6M Over Worker Death

Law360, New York (May 27, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined a South Dakota agriculture cooperative $1.6 million Thursday for 23 workplace violations in the wake of the death of an employee who suffocated when he was engulfed by grain in one of the company's storage bins.

"South Dakota Wheat Growers ignored long-established standards addressing safety in grain handling operations," Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said in a statement Thursday. "The company's intentional disregard for its safety and health responsibilities put its workers at risk, and, more egregiously,...
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