A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor says an investigation into a worker’s death at the Farmers Cooperative Company in Talmage found several serious safety violations.
Scott Allen, a spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Adminstriation, says nine serious safety violations were found after an inspection following the January accident that claimed the life of 69-year-old Roger Teten of Talmage.
Allen says the violations include a general duty clause for failing to protect employees from vehicular traffic. Additional violations include: failure to guard belts and pulleys, OSHA’s permit required confined space regulations, failure to post warning signs, and have an attendant present during entry.
Allen says one of these violations could have resulted in serious injury or death.
Teten died after a semitrailer truck backed into him at the elevator in Talmage. Authorities say he was standing in a street to direct a truck into the elevator when a second truck backed into him.
Allen says the proposed punishment is fines totalling $22,800 dollars. Reports say the co-op will contest the penalties and the citations. It has 15 days to file a protest.
By Nate Gonner, KNCY, Nebraska City