Kan. grain elevator cited for serious violations
ATCHISON, Kan. - April 12, 2012 (WPVI) -- The federal government has cited a grain company for willful safety violations in a northeast Kansas elevator explosion that killed six workers last October.
U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in a news release Thursday the deaths at the Bartlett Grain Co. elevator in Atchison "could have been prevented" if the operators had addressed hazards known in the industry.
Kansas investigators previously determined the Oct. 29, 2011, grain dust explosion accidental.
A release from the labor department notes that grain dust is nine times as explosive as coal dust. The agency said problems included a lack of proper preventive maintenance and an inadequate emergency action plan.
An attorney for Kansas City, Mo.-based Bartlett Grain said Thursday he had not seen the federal government's statement and could not comment.
kansas, accident, national/world
- Shots fired into a Philadelphia firehouse
- AccuWeather: Friday Clouds and SE Rain
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- 3 Phila. schools closed Friday, staff relocated
- How to safeguard your computer against kidnappers
- Retired Philly cop charged with assaulting teen
- Police: Gloucester Co. woman's death a homicide
- Police search for missing Philadelphia couple
- Photos: Suspects wanted by Philadelphia Police
- Resident return to assess damage from Ewing explosion
- K9 unit leads police to burglary suspect in Medford
- Obama says Crimea separation would violate law
- Upper Darby cop charged with DUI in hit-and-run