Worker Fatally Injured After Fall at Farmers Cooperative

The 73-year-old worker sustained fatal injuries.

According to a news release from OSHA, Farmers Cooperative has been cited for one repeat and two serious safety violations at its McCool Junction fertilizer plant following the death of a 73-year-old worker. The full-time employee had worked for the company since February 2013.

"Anyone who has to work at heights above 5 feet must be protected with fall protection equipment and trained on how to properly use it," said Bonita Winingham, OSHA's area director in Omaha. "Farmers Cooperative failed to implement the basic fall prevention steps that could have prevented this senseless tragedy."

Farmers Cooperative was issued a repeat citation for failing to provide a standard guardrail in the fertilizer plant's batching area.

Two serious violations were cited for failing to provide fall protection for employees who were working on top of tanker trucks and not providing railing on stairways.

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