The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the cooperative for three repeat and three serious safety violations.
OSHA claims Midwest Farmers exposed workers to hazards, because stairwells, ladders, pits, and bins lacked adequate guardrails. No guards were in place to keep workers from coming in contact with auger pulleys and other belts. Grain dust exceeded limits, exposing workers to respiratory and explosive dust hazards.
OSHA proposes Midwest Farmers pay $56,430 in penalties.