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OSHA’s Second Largest Fine Issued In The History of Colorado

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the Wage and Hour Division fined a Colorado grain elevator company $1.6 million in violations.

Kiowa Country, CO- In the history of Colorado, the second largest fine was issued against the Temple Grain Elevators following the death of the 17 year old Cody Rigsby who was killed while working in grain elevator on 29th of May. OSHA and the Wage and Hour Division on Monday, November 23, 2009 issued over $ 1.6 million in fines, as reported by

The victim, Cody Rigsby was killed at the Temple Grain’s Haswell grain elevator, when he fell into the elevator and was suffocated. The body was not recovered for nearly six hours. Occupational Health and Safety Administration slapped the Wiley- based grain elevator company for the various violations at the Haswell site and their headquarters that included:

• The flow of the grain was not shut off.

• There were no employees to supervise the men working inside the bin.

• Rigsby did not have the required emergency rescue equipment, like lifeline or harness.

• Neglecting to guard conveyors.

• Used extension cord as a form of permanent wiring.

At the Haswell grain elevator site, a total of 22 alleged willful violations and 13 of alleged serious citations were issued. And 12 additional workplace safety issues were uncovered by an investigation into the Wiley headquarters. The Wage and Hour Division reported 77 child labor violations which were due to the employment of 15 who were minor. The Temple Grain was also ordered to pay $56,285 in back wages for overtime and minimum wage violations.