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Department of Justice
Office of the United States Attorney
Middle District of Florida
PAUL I. PEREZ
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
For Immediate Release August 9, 2005
OSHA VIOLATION CAUSING DEATH TO AN EMPLOYEE
Ocala, Florida - United States Attorney Paul I. Perez today announced Hillandale Farms of Florida, Inc., a corporation doing business in Bushnell, Florida, has been sentenced by United States Magistrate Judge Gary R. Jones for a violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) that caused the death of an employee. Hillandale Farms of Florida, Inc. was placed on 3 years' supervised probation, ordered to pay a fine of $128,800.00. In addition, the company was ordered to implement a training program related to the death, ordered to hire an auditor to conduct annual audits of their confined space entry program, and ordered to assist the University of Florida with training on confined space entry to others in the industry.
According to the plea agreement entered by the company, on May 1, 2002, Michael Collins, an employee of Hillandale Farms of Florida, Inc., entered a grain storage silo to restore the flow of corn in the silo. Collins was not wearing the proper safety equipment and as a result, Collins fell into the corn, became engulfed in the corn, and died.
Howard Radzely, the solicitor for the United States Department of Labor, which enforces OSHA regulations, said, "This should send a clear signal that OSHA will pursue all available means to ensure the protection of the nation's working men and women."
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sandra W. Deisler.
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