Operator fined $465,500 over Ohio grain bin death

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Posted: Mar 16, 2011 3:46 PM

The operator of three grain bins in central Ohio has been fined $465,500 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the death of a worker.

The U.S. Labor Department says a 20-year-old worker died in September after being caught in a discharge device while cleaning a bin at the Gavilon Grain LLC site in Morral.

The government says inspections at that site and others in Harpster and West Jefferson found 46 safety and health violations, including three willful violations.

Omaha, Neb.-based Gavilon says it is committed to maintaining a safe working environment for employees and has increased efforts to meet or exceed government safety standards, including the hiring of additional safety managers and increased training.