LABOLT - LaBolt Farmers Grain in LaBolt has been issued 13 safety violationcitations by the federal Occupational Safety and HealthAdministration (OSHA) with proposed penalties amounting to more than $92,900.
The agency issued a statement recently saying the company has been cited for exposing workers to unsafe conditions at its facility, where earlier this year, a worker was caught in a moving bin sweepauger and suffered severe injuries to his leg and arm.
OSHA issued LaBolt four willful, six repeat and three serious citations. The willful violations allege the company failed todevelop and implement a confined space program, ensure equipment safety and put into place guidelines for entering grain bins, including having a second observer on hand.
The repeat citations allege the company did not take necessary steps to improve safety following an earlier citation by OSHA.Those alleged violations include guarding floor openings and pulleys and belts, control of grain dust accumulations and use of approved electrical equipment.
Similar violations were cited in February 2008, OSHA said.
The alleged serious violations involve failure to provide effective employee safety training around bins, training for special tasks and atmospheric testing, the agency said.
LaBolt Farmers Grain has 15 working days from receipt of thecitations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA area officials or contest the citations with the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.