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Wed March 27, 2013
Buried In Grain

Enforcement Of Penalties Weak In Grain Bin Deaths

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 10:17 am

Nearly 500 farmers and workers have suffocated in grain storage bins in the past 40 years. The worst year on record was 2010, with 26 people dying. Hefty fines and criminal charges are possible for negligent employers. But NPR and The Center for Public Integrity found that enforcement is weak, even as workers continue to die.