OSHA cites CHS facility following fatality

by Eric Schroeder
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WICHITA, KAS. — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited CHS Inc., doing business as United Plains Ag in Weskan, Kas., for violations following the death of a worker who fell through an access hole in a grain bin and was killed June 29. OSHA issued one “willful” citation, which alleges a violation of fall protection requirements, specifically unguarded hatchways and floor chute openings, and one “serious” citation, which addressed hazards associated with unguarded sprocket wheels and chains. OSHA has proposed $75,000 in penalties for CHS. “CHS is deeply disappointed at OSHA’s decision to issue citation and fine in response to the unfortunate accident that occurred at the United Plains Ag location at Weskan, Kas.,” CHS said. “The entire company and all CHS locations place a high priority on safety precautions and training; this incident was a tragic accident and not the result of a willful disregard for safety regulations. CHS has offered to meet with OSHA officials to discuss the citation and fine; no mutually acceptable date was available until early January.”

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