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December 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Body recovered from silo collapse in Pierce County

On Wednesday night, rescue crews reached the remains of Steve Green, 44, the worker killed in the grain silo collapse Monday afternoon at Wilcox Farms in Roy, Pierce County, reported KING5.

Wilcox Farms, where a worker was killed after a silo collapsed on Monday afternoon spilling 50 tons of corn, has retained a public-relations firm to counter what it says are media reports that “have attempted to link prior Labor and Industry (L&I) violations at Wilcox Farms to the current incident.”

A news release from Gallatin Public Affairs, which has offices in this state as well as Oregon and Idaho,  said that the reports “are not accurate.”

It said the violations “are totally unrelated to the current incident and all have been resolved to the satisfaction of L&I.”

An Associated Press story said that in its most recent safety inspection, the farm, based in Roy, Pierce County, was cited for six “serious” safety violations and was assessed a $10,000 penalty.

As one example, the story said that inspectors cited the company for not having adequate rescue and emergency services available around a “containment pit” and a corn tank.

The Gallatin news release countered that the violations included a manager who had brought in temporary workers and did not apprise them of the risks of shoveling corn in an overflow pit. It said the issue “was resolved.”

The press release said that L&I deemed “our rescue procedures that relied on 911 in the event of a confined space entry accident was insufficient.” It said the issues have been “addressed” by contacting fall protection experts on retrieval equipment and training.

And Gallatin said a temporary worker accidentally pricked himself with an oil-based vaccination and developed an allergic reaction. It said the issue was at the farm and not at the mill site “and has been corrected.”

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