Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company and BWC Industrial Services are contesting over $63K in combined fines issued by OSHA following a feed storage facility fire and explosion at an grain silo in Iowa.

OSHA’s inspection of the ADM facility in Clinton, Iowa followed a feed bin fire and an explosion in January​ ​that killed one responding firefighter and injured another.

Iowa OSHA issued ADM five citations, including one that said firefighters were not given adequate information to tackle the fire. 

The agency says BWC was cited because its employees assigned special tasks at the facility, such as bin entry and the handling of flammable or toxic substances, were not trained to safely perform the tasks.

ADM and BWC did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

The company also did not provide employees with the correct equipment in an emergency, the agency said. “The employer did not ensure that an employee responding to a fire emergency was protected by proper respiratory protection,”it added.

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