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OSHA Trade Release
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
For Immediate Release
TRADE NEWS RELEASE
Tuesday, February 27, 2001
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
KANSAS GRAIN STORAGE COMPANY SETTLES SAFETY AND HEALTH VIOLATIONS
Owners of a Kansas grain storage facility paid $685,000 in penalties for safety and health violations at its Haysville grain elevator as part of a final settlement agreement approved by an administrative law judge, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today.
DeBruce Grain, Inc. was cited by OSHA on Dec. 7, 1998, for violations of the grain handling standard that triggered an explosion at the Haysville facility on June 8, 1998. That explosion killed seven workers and injured ten others.
"This settlement cannot replace the lives lost nor make up for the pain suffered by those injured in that catastrophic accident almost three years ago," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "But, it does show that DeBruce management wants to do the right thing by resolving this matter so they can continue to work toward eliminating safety hazards at their worksites and better protect their employees."
The agreement settles citations issued against the company that included hazards related to dust collection systems, the storage of flammable and combustible materials, machine guarding violations, and violations of the respiratory protection and recordkeeping standards.
DeBruce Grain, Inc. employs 250 workers at facilities in Nebraska, Texas, Iowa, and Kansas. The DeBruce facilities have a combined capacity of 44 million bushels of grain. The half mile-long facility at Haysville (southwest of Wichita) is the largest in the world under one head house, with a total storage capacity of 24 million bushels.
(NOTE: A group of independent consultants, including six experts in grain elevator explosions, was commissioned by OSHA to compile a report on the explosion. An executive summary of that report is available on OSHA's web site at:
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