OSHA has fined an Oklahoma grain company in connection with an incident last August that caused two 17-year-olds to suffer leg amputations.
The teens became caught in an inadequately guarded conveyor while cleaning out a grain flat storage structure at Zaloudek Grain Co.’s Kremlin, OK, facility.
OSHA issued Zaloudek Grain four serious citations with fines totaling $21,500 for failure to:
- affix or secure the machine guard over the moving conveyor auger
- ensure the storage structure’s exit was free and unobstructed
- provide exit signs from the storage structure, and
- provide training for workers assigned to enter grain structures.
The company has 15 business days to decide whether to contest these citations.
One month after the incident, OSHA opened a separate, comprehensive safety inspection of the Kremlin facility under the Regional Emphasis Program for Grain Handling Facilities that uncovered five additional serious violations, including failure to:
- provide training on the use of a forklift
- develop and implement an emergency action plan and hazard communication program
- develop and implement a housekeeping program to reduce the accumulation of combustible dust in grain structures, and
- ensure precautions were taken before employees entered grain bins.
Those violations totaled $12,500 in fines, bringing the total Zaloudek Grain faces to $34,000. The company has contested the fines from the inspection under the Regional Emphasis Program.