Kansas Grain Bin Operator Contests Citations, $507K in Penalties for Worker Deaths

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Gavilon Grain LLC – user of a pellet bin formed in Wichita, Kansas – after dual workers were fatally engulfed in a soybean storage bin.

The association faces due penalties of $507,374, and OSHA has placed Gavilon Grain LLC in a Agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

OSHA cited Gavilon Grain LLC for unwell to yield employees with lifelines and tumble protection; lockout equipment; yield rescue equipment; and permitting employees to enter a bin in that bridged and/or hung-up pellet was present.

The association has contested a citations and will seem before a eccentric Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Source: OSHA