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Death of two grainhandlers highlight Gavilon’s safety and health violations in 13 states

From ‘Owner of Wichita grain elevator where two men died has history of safety violations’ in the Wichita Eagle:

The company that owns a south Wichita grain elevator where two people died Tuesday has faced 24 cases of safety and health violations by federal regulators over the past seven years, including one incident in Ohio where a man was crushed by a grain auger.

Gavilon owns and operates the elevator near 55th South and Hoover Road where two men were killed Tuesday after being trapped under 20 to 25 feet of grain in a bin.

Gavilon is a privately held grain and fertilizer company with 136 grain facilities. [Note: Including majority ownership at Kalama Export Company at the Port of Kalama, WA, and Columbia Export Company at the Port of Portland, OR.]

While Gavilon may have thorough safety policies in place, it has had two dozen OSHA enforcement cases against it connected with safety and health violations at facilities in 13 states.

Between the death and alleged violations in the three Ohio facilities, OSHA proposed fines totaling $465,500, OSHA records said. Through formal and informal settlements and administrative law judgments, Gavilon paid $309,975, according to OSHA records.

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