The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 23, 2014

Feds seek $211K in fines from Minn. company

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal safety regulators are proposing $211,000 in fines for a Minnesota agriculture company that authorities say repeatedly failed to make sure workers weren’t exposed grain dust hazards in Montana.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday cited CHS Inc. for 19 violations following inspections at grain-handling facilities in Cut Bank, Glendive, Denton and Valier.

Three were repeat violations, including failing to test the air quality in work spaces for potentially explosive grain dust, hazardous gases or lack of oxygen.

Fourteen were classified as serious, meaning there was a substantial probability of a worker death or injury.

The company has the option to contest the fines.

A CHS worker was killed in Kansas in 2010 when he fell into what regulators said was an inadequately protected grain bin.

 

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