A federal grand jury has indicted the operator and six managers of a corn mill in Cambria, Wisconsin, where an explosion in May 2017 killed five workers and injured 15 others.
Didion Milling Inc. and the six executives were indicted on nine counts, including two counts of intentional violation of federal workplace safety standards for grain handling, the Department of Labor said Monday.
The charges, handed down by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin in Madison on May 11, include cases of “document forgery pending an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health and the obstruction of federal OSHA. investigation “, according to a statement from DOL. The company and the six officials were also charged with making false notes in a cleaning logbook.
Didion Milling was also accused of deliberately violating two federal safety standards in the Occupational Safety and Health Act for failing to develop and implement a written program to effectively prevent and remove accumulations of combustible grain dust and for failing to install ventilation or attenuation on a dust filter collector. prevent an explosion.
Two former Didion Milling exchange managers previously pleaded guilty to making false notes in the company̵7;s cleaning logbook and in the bag house log, which involved matters within OSHA’s respective Environmental Protection Agency’s area of responsibility.