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Washington’s Wilcox Farms Cited For Fatal Silo Accident

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File photo of a silo (Norberto Duarte/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a silo (Norberto Duarte/AFP/Getty Images)

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TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) — A Roy farm has been fined more than $67,000 following the death of a worker who was buried under tons of spilled corn at a collapsed grain silo in December.

The Department of Labor & Industries cited Wilcox Farms Feedmill, Inc. for several violations, including the fact that the silo was overfilled, and a side discharge system was used to unload the corn instead of the manufacturer’s standard procedure of withdrawing grain from the vertical center. The state investigation also found shortcomings in how the company maintained and managed the silo, as well as inadequate employee training.

Officials say that on the day the 60-foot tall silo collapsed, two employees were discharging corn using an auger in the silo. When they opened a side discharge door to allow corn to flow onto the outer portion of the auger, the silo collapsed and 400-500 tons of corn spilled out, engulfing one worker who was unable to escape.

Wilcox Farms has 15 working days to appeal the citation.

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