A federal investigation is underway into the death of a Kearney man at a grain handling site in central Nebraska.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports 41-year-old Jason Weston was pronounced dead at the scene, Cooperative Producers in Hayland, Wednesday afternoon.
Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have opened an investigation into the industrial accident at the grain elevator near Prosser.
Weston was an outside superintendent at Cooperative Producers Hayland Branch. OSHA says initial reports indicate Weston was caught by an operating auger while drawing grain from a bin.
“We want to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the worker who lost his life yesterday,” Darwin Craig, OSHA’s acting area director in Omaha, said in a written statement released by the agency. “These types of incidents are preventable and it is the employers’ responsibility to ensure employees are properly trained and have a safe working environment. OSHA will be conducting a thorough investigation with Cooperative Producers Inc. to determine if any violations of safety procedures contributed to this tragic incident.”
Cooperative Producers operates 40 grain-handling facilities across Nebraska.