Tamora Grain Death Recommendation

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A federal agency has cited the United Farmers Cooperative and recommended a $168,000 fine for safety violations in the death of a grain elevator worker.

Twenty-eight-year-old Troy Childers of Lincoln suffocated November Fourth when the surface of the soybean pile apparently collapsed into an air pocket.

The U.S. Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration said yesterday the elevator lacked body harnesses and lifelines and an observer during entry operations.

OSHA says the elevator also did not have locking and tagging-out procedures for the under-bin conveyor system and had no rescue equipment specific to the type of grain bin.

Phil Pelc is safety and compliance director for the Shelby-based cooperative. He says United Farmers will contest the findings.

The accident happened at United Farmers grain elevator in Tamora.