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Worker Presumed Dead after Silo Collapse

Destiny Baker3 years ago

A mill worker is missing and presumed dead following a silo collapse in Roy, Washington.

About the Washington Silo Collapse

According to the Washington Post, the missing man was one of two workers performing maintenance on the Wilcox Family Farms silo when the 75 foot silo unexpectedly collapsed, spilling 50 tons of corn.

The other worker was able to escape with two other employees in a nearby office.

Recovery efforts have been delayed as rescuers attempt to stabilize two other silos that were damaged Monday’s incident.

Farm Recently Cited for Safety Violations

Documents from the U.S. Department of Labor and Industries revealed that the farm had been fined a total of $10,000 in June in connection to six “serious” safety violations observed during an inspection.

The documents stated that Wilcox Family Farms had failed to provide adequate rescue and emergency services around its corn tank and containment pit, putting employees at risk of serious injury or death.

Additionally, the company had failed to adequately inform its employees of hazardous conditions associated with working in the corn tank or containment pit.

It is unclear the areas mentioned in the citations are involved with the incident.

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