Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited Wilcox Farms Feedmill Inc. of Roy for safety violations related to a fatal silo collapse last December. One worker died after he was engulfed in more than 400 tons of corn that spilled out of the silo.
Wilcox has been cited for one “willful” and two “serious” safety violations with total penalties of $67,200. The state investigation found shortcomings in how the company maintained and managed the silo, and inadequate employee training.
The day the 60-foot tall silo collapsed, two employees were working on feedmill operations, which included discharging corn using an auger in the silo. During that process, the silo collapsed and 400-500 tons of corn spilled out, engulfing one worker who was unable to escape.
As part of the investigation, L&I hired an engineer to assess the structural integrity of the silo. The study found four instances where Wilcox was not following proper silo operation and maintenance procedures that may have contributed to the collapse.
Wilcox Farms has 15 working days to appeal the citation.