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OSHA fines grain company after worker's death | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 12 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Mar 16, 2011, titled OSHA fines grain company after worker's death | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A grain company has been cited by federal authorities for willful safety violations and fined nearly $500,000 after a 20-year-old worker was killed while cleaning out a grain bin.

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Payne, OH

#1 Mar 16, 2011
OSHA needs to come to Defiance, Ohio and goto the hornish company and ask why a 21 yr old died from their machine which was not checked beofre he died. Yes this is the Hornish Jr. family business which they want it all kept secret and is doing nothing for the family for this boy and another got fired for attending this young mans funeral

Dublin, OH

#2 Mar 16, 2011
Grain silos are very dangerous.

Cleveland, OH

#3 Mar 16, 2011
The fines should go to next of kin or family members of the man killed. He gave his life so OSHA could get more party and fun money.

Hilliard, OH

#4 Mar 16, 2011
Just wait 'til the GOP and their minion Kasich get through gutting safety regulations and destroying the unions -- then you will see a real blood bath. Workers sacrificed on the alter of the almighty buck!
Safety Engineer

Benton City, WA

#5 Mar 16, 2011
Snorky wrote:
The fines should go to next of kin or family members of the man killed. He gave his life so OSHA could get more party and fun money.
The fines don't go to OSHA, Snorky, they go to the US General Fund.

If OSHA were to receive more than a miniscule fraction of the US federal budget, there might even be funds to help educate young workers regarding obvious deadly workplace hazards such as the one that unnecessarily took the life of this young person.

I'm sure the family would rather their young man could work and come home back home safely than receive compensation from his demise at the hands of a negligent employer.

You are also sadly mistaken if you believe that OSHA or its enforcement actions have any significant effect on how employers conduct business in the US.

Perhaps you look with nostalgia on the "good old days" before Nixon signed the OSHAct when approximately 50,000 workers a year died on the job (vs. approximately 5000 per year today).

Lancaster, OH

#6 Mar 16, 2011
It is tragic that workers die on the job. Safety is a major part of organized labor; probably more expensive than wages. Unions bring safety standards to the workplace, and they're expensive. I have no idea what the circumstances were in this tragic event; whether the young man willingly attempted that duty or if he felt coerced. A union would have given him support if he chose to refuse the duty that killed him. The bottom line is his life ended and it probably could have been prevented. My heart hurts for his family and others close to him. We need to get to a point where we value a life more than a dollar.

Dublin, OH

#7 Mar 16, 2011
Witness wrote:
Grain silos are very dangerous.
LMAO at no one getting the Harrison Ford movie Witness reference!
Black Lion

Columbus, OH

#9 Mar 16, 2011
Just how much of that money goes to the victims family? At least the scummy ambulance chasing lawyers only take 30%, so why does OSHA get to keep it all. Are they using the money to help pay their pensions?
Rock to Bach

Columbus, OH

#10 Mar 16, 2011
We need to get rid of regulators who take money away from business. If we can get rid of regulators, business and the economy would thrive and there wouldn't be any unemployment. Go Kasich!

Neenah, WI

#11 Mar 17, 2011
If we took away the regulators there wouldn't be anyone left to fill those jobs!

This economy had all the problems it has now before Obama and David Michaels came to power.

You do not need a union to refuse unsafe work. Just a voice! Whay does everything always have to be someone elses fault? Accountability is a dying trait.

Columbus, OH

#12 Mar 17, 2011
Maybe if they had a union that boy would still be alive!
Safety Retiree

Pearland, TX

#13 May 9, 2011
It's hard to believe we have companies not using Lock, Tag, Try and Equipment Isolation procedures today.

How sad.

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