KS Grain Bin Operator Faces Safety Fines

Friday, August 3, 2018 @ 09:08 AM gHale

Gavilon Grain LLC, an operator of a grain bin based in Wichita, Kansas, is facing $507,374 in fines after two workers were fatally engulfed in a soybean storage bin, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The company is facing four willful, two serious and one repeat violation.

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In addition to the proposed penalties, OSHA has placed Gavilon Grain in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Investigators cited Gavilon Grain for failing to provide employees with lifelines and fall protection; lockout equipment; provide rescue equipment; and allowing employees to enter a bin in which bridged and/or hung-up grain was present.

“Moving grain acts like quick sand, and can bury a worker in seconds,” said OSHA Regional Administrator Kimberly Stille. “This tragedy could have been prevented if the employer had provided workers with proper safety equipment, and followed required safety procedures to protect workers from grain bin hazards.”

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