Feds Propose $1.8 Million Fine in Wisconsin Plant Explosion

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In this June 1, 2017 file photo, part of the Didion Milling Plant lies in ruins following a May 31, 2017, explosion in Cambria, Wisconsin. Federal labor officials say the Wisconsin milling company should pay $1.8 million in fines for failing to prevent the fatal explosion. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a news release on November 17, saying that an accumulation of highly combustible grain dust likely caused the explosion. OSHA officials said the explosion was preventable. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP File)

Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by Todd Richmond on November 17, 2017.

A Wisconsin milling company should pay $1.8 million in fines for failing to prevent a fatal plant explosion earlier this year, federal labor officials announced Friday.

The Didion Milling Company corn processing plant in Cambria exploded on May 31, killing five workers and injuring 12 more, including an employee who had to have both legs amputated after the blast sent a railroad car crashing down on him.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a news release Friday saying that an accumulation of highly combustible grain dust probably caused the explosion. …

SF Chronicle 11/17

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