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OSHA cites Sikes Farm in silo incident
Agency: Incident should have been preventable
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Rescue personnel work to free a man who was trapped in a grain silo on Feb. 14 at a farm on Georgia Highway 46. The man, David Averitt, and a rescuer, Darrell Colson, were pulled safely from the silo 7:30 that evening. - photo by EDDIE LEDBETTER/file
The February incident in which two men were trapped in a grain silo "should have been preventable," an Occupational Safety and Health Administration official said. Furthermore, Greg Sikes Farm LLC in Brooklet "cannot continue to fail its workers by not providing employees with a safe and healthful work environment," said Robert Vazzi, the area director of OSHA's Savannah Area Office. Greg Sikes LLC, doing business as Greg Sikes Farm LLC, was cited "with two willful and five serious safety violations and proposed penalties of $127,400," OSHA spokesman Michael D'Aquino said.
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