Scott City company cited for exposing workers to hazards

Published: May. 23, 2016 at 8:35 PM CDT
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SCOTT CITY, MO (KFVS) - Midwest Grain & Barge Company Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for numerous violations.

According to an OSHA report, inspectors found 11 serious and 2 "other than serious" violations during a March 2016 investigation. That investigation was prompted by a complaint alleging workers were exposed to "multiple grain-handling hazards."

Among the list of violations, inspectors found a lack of confined space entry procedures for grain bins. That includes testing the atmosphere, issuing permits, monitoring workers and training.

They also found that proper equipment and training were not provided for grain rescue operations.

Inspectors also cited the company for exposing employees to fall hazards from openings in the floor, platforms without guardrails, and open-sided work platforms.

"Grain handling can be a hazardous operation. The ever-present risks of suffocation, amputation, being crushed, falling, or explosions can be dangerous and, in worst cases, deadly." said Bill McDonald, OSHA's area director in St. Louis. McDonald went on to say, "These common sense safety standards exist to protect workers on the job in this hazardous industry. It's up to employers to do the right thing and follow them."

OSHA has proposed penalties of $42,000.

You can read the citations here.

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