OSHA proposes $190K fine for North Dakota grain bin death

The agency is proposing $190,000 in penalties against the Portland, Oregon-based company after a worker died while cleaning a bin last July in Arvilla, in eastern North Dakota.

Posted: Jan 5, 2020 8:56 PM

ARVILLA, N.D. --- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Columbia Grain International for a fatal worker accident at a North Dakota grain bin last summer.

The agency is proposing $190,000 in penalties against the Portland, Oregon-based company after a worker died while cleaning a bin last July in Arvilla, in eastern North Dakota.

OSHA inspectors determined that Columbia Grain failed to follow the agency's standards during grain bin entry and cleaning operations.

Fifty-eight-year-old Kevin John Anderson was cleaning a bin when he became buried under 15 feet of corn and died.

The company has 15 business days to contest the findings.

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