A grain elevator company faces $75,000 in OSHA fines following the death of a worker.
In June 2010, 21-year-old Brett Spressor died after falling about 50 feet into a hole at the top of a grain elevator owned by CHS, Inc., dba United Plains Ag Co-op in Weskan, KS. The bin was half-full of grain at the time.
OSHA issued one willful citation for violation of fall protection requirements, specifically unguarded hatchways and floor chute openings. The agency also issued a serious citation that addresses machinery hazards associated with unguarded sprocket wheels and chains.
CHS has 15 days to decide whether to contest the fines.