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OSHA accuses company of safety violations at Ixonia facility

OSHA accuses company of safety violations at Ixonia facility

By the Associated Press. CREATED Jan 25, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) -- The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has accused an Illinois company of five safety violations at a grain-handling facility in Wisconsin.

The agency says in one case the company knowingly disregarded safety laws.

OSHA has proposed fines of $84,000 for Bloomington, Ill.-based Growmark. The company owns the facility in Ixonia, Wis., 25 miles west of Milwaukee.

OSHA says the company knowingly failed to take steps to protect workers before they entered grain bins. Growmark is also accused of failing to provide body harnesses or rescue equipment for work inside bins.

Growmark spokeswoman Amy Bradford told The (Bloomington) Pantagraph that the company is aware of OSHA's action but otherwise didn't comment. Growmark operates in 30 states and Canada.

Growmark has 15 days to pay the fines or contest the allegations.