Feds cite Wichita grain elevator operator in deaths of two men

OSHA says tragedy could have been prevented

July 30, 2018 - 9:39 pm

Federal regulators have cited the operator of a Wichita-area grain elevator where two workers were killed in January.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says in a news release Monday that Gavilon Grain LLC faces proposed penalties of $507,374 and the company has been placed in the agency's severe violator enforcement program.

Sedgwick County authorities say Marcus Tice, 32, and Joshua Rasbold, 32, died at company's elevator in Wichita. Their bodies were buried under 20 to 25 feet of grain.

OSHA says the tragedy could have been prevented if the company had provided workers with proper safety equipment and followed required safety procedures to protect workers from grain bin hazards.

The company has contested the citations and will appear before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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