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Dairy Farm Faces $25,000 Fine After Worker Drowns in Manure Pit

Sept. 29, 2021, 5:26 PM

A Colorado dairy farm faces $24,575 in proposed penalties after a 44-year-old worker drowned when the vacuum truck he was driving entered an unguarded manure holding pit, according to an OSHA news release.

Shelton Land and Cattle Ltd. failed to implement measures to protect employees from drowning or crushing hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleged that the employer failed to have a hazard communication program and failed to train workers on hazardous chemicals in the workplace. The driver was offloading manure on March 30 when the truck drove into the 12-foot-deep pit, trapping the worker inside the ...

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