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Milwaukee Worker’s Compensation Lawyer – OSHA Cites Milton Company After Worker Killed In Corn Bin

The company who owns a facility in Milton, Wis., where an employee was killed after getting trapped in a corn bin in April was cited for 15 health and safety violations and faces fines of $140,000. As an experienced Milwaukee worker’s compensation lawyer, I know these situations can often be prevented when companies take the proper precautions to protect their employees.

A compassionate Milwaukee worker’s compensation lawyer understands that often, when the situation is closely examined, a company may have been able to take additional steps to prevent tragedies like this from occurring. In this instance, OSHA cited United Ethanol LLC in connection with the accident which occurred April 19 at the Milton ethanol manufacturing facility.

The employee entered a grain bin that had become clogged in an attempt to unclog the floor chute. When the corn began to flow, the employee was engulfed. OSHA’s report said the bin held approximately 140,000 bushels of corn at the time of the accident.

The company received the following citations:

  • One willful violation for failing to lockout conveyors used to empty grain bins, exposing the employee to the engulfment hazard.
  • Five serious violations, including failing to guard the floor chute opening and failing to prevent exposure to moving grain hazards.
  • Seven serious violations of OSHA’s Process Safety Management, including failing to develop emergency shutdown procedures for the ethanol distillation process and failure to perform inspections and tests on control systems.
  • Two other-than-serious violations involving failure to retrain ethanol distillation process operators at least every three years.

The company has 15 business days from the notice of the citations and fines to comply with the fines and fix the issues or contest the citations.

If you or your loved one has been injured in a work-related accident, it is imperative to speak with a Milwaukee worker’s compensation lawyer who can assist you and make sure you receive fair compensation. Call today for your free, initial consultation.

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