The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently proposed that a Wisconsin grain company pay a $721,000 fine in connection with an employee who was buried up to his chest in grain for four hours before being rescued.
In February, a worker at Cooperative Plus Incorporated was left buried in grain in 25-degree weather for a number of hours, according to the Associated Press. Although he went to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia after his rescue, the worker was back on the job the following day.
“He literally came within inches of dying,” OSHA spokesman David Michaels told the news source. “He had a cell phone in his hand so he was able to summon help.”
The federal agency also sent a letter to grain elevator operators across the country to caution them of their occupation’s danger. Similar accidents to the one in Wisconsin have caused four deaths and at least one injury in the past year, the news provider reports.
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