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“Wilcox Farms fined for worker death”

Wilcox feed mill silo which collapsed
Photo credit: Pierce Prairie Post

“Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited Wilcox Farms Feedmill Inc. of Roy for safety violations related to a fatal silo collapse last December. One worker died after he was engulfed in more than 400 tons of corn that spilled out of the silo.

Wilcox has been cited for one willful and two serious safety violations with total penalties of $67,200. The state investigation found shortcomings in how the company maintained and managed the silo, and inadequate employee training.”

“Wilcox Farms has 15 working days to appeal the citation,” quoting the Pierce County Business Examiner.
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No story yet in the Nisqually Valley News.

– UPDATE: June 5, 2014
By Stacia Glen in The Olympian:
“Wilcox Farms fined $67,200 for fatal Roy silo collapse”
“Wilcox Farms is dedicating a memorial to Green at its feed mill Saturday.”
[Editor’s Note: This is good news – long overdue that Wilcox will honor their employee in such a manner.]
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Posted by Steve on June 4, 2014 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

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