Wilcox Farms fined $67,200 for fatal Roy silo collapse

Staff writerJune 5, 2014 

Wilcox Family Farms has been fined $67,200 for not properly maintaining a Roy feed mill silo that collapsed in December and buried a worker under 500 tons of grain, killing him.

The state Department of Labor & Industries cited the company for one “willfull” violation and two safety violations that likely contributed to the silo’s collapse Dec. 2. Killed in the accident was Steven Green, a 44-year-old Marine veteran who left behind a wife, four children and 13 grandchildren.

Wilcox Farms has until June 20 to appeal or pay the fine. The company Wednesday issued a statement responding to L&I’s findings.

“We are reviewing their findings and are in the process of looking at all our options,” the release stated. “During the investigation, we cooperated fully and were completely transparent.”

The company also said it has hired a firm to “provide designs and consulting for rebuilding structurally a sound and safe mill.”

Wilcox Farms is dedicating a memorial to Green at its feed mill Saturday.

“We feel very sad at the loss of a father of four and a wonderful husband,” the company’s statement said.

Green and another worker were using an auger to discharge corn when the silo gave way, releasing 100,000 pounds of grain from its bottom.

Wilcox Farms and investigators never said what caused the 60-foot-tall silo to collapse.

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