November 18, 2017
Federal officials propose fining a Wisconsin milling company $1.8 Million dollars after an explosion left five employees dead.
In a statement on Friday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said the blast at the Didion Milling Co. corn processing plant in Cambria was preventable. The agency issued 19 citations against the company, including failure to maintain equipment and failure to provide employees with adequate safety gear.
The agency found an accumulation of combustible grain dust, which they say was likely the cause of the explosion, which happened on May 31, 2017. Representatives for the family-owned business, however, have since condemned the severity of the penalties.
The milling company has 15 days to pay the fine or to contest the findings.