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Man Killed When Thousands Of Bushels Of Corn Crush Him

A 27-year-old Janesville, Wis. man was killed last Friday when tons of corn collapsed on him while he worked inside a grain bin.

The man was working inside a grain bin at United Ethanol in Milton that contained 140,000 bushels of corn, according to reports. Officials said he died of asphyxia after the corn collapsed on him and crushed his chest. It appears a large amount of the corn from the outer portions of the silo collapsed on him.

Sixteen fire departments and two police agencies from Wisconsin as well as Illinois responded to the scene just before 10:30 April 19 to help rescue him, but it still took responders 12 hours to remove the man’s body from the bin.

The accident is under investigation by Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Milton Police Department has declared his death accidental.

The man had worked at the plant for approximately seven years and leaves behind a wife and young son.

If you or your loved one has suffered serious work- related injuries or you have lost a loved one in any type of work-related accident, it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced Wisconsin worker’s compensation attorney. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

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