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Kansas grain elevator fined after worker's death

WICHITA | The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a western Kansas elevator $75,000 in citations relating to the death of a worker who fell into a grain bin in June.

OSHA announced the citations issued to United Plains Ag Co-op in Weskan on Tuesday. The agency says the company violated safety rules by leaving hatchways and floor chute openings unguarded. It also contends the firm allegedly exposed workers to machinery hazards.

United Plains' grain operations manager at the facility, Bruce McCain, declined to comment to The Associated Press, saying he wanted to put the matter behind him.

Twenty-one-year-old Brett Spressor of Sharon Springs died after falling about 50 feet into a hole at the top of the elevator. The bin was half-full of grain at the time.

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