Monday, November 30, 2009

Second Largest Fine Ever for Safety Violations in Colo.

One week ago, on November 23, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) fined Colorado company Tempel Grain Elevators $1.6 million for safety and labor violations. The fine--the second largest in Colorado history for safety and labor--was assessed following the May 29 death of 17-year-old Cody Rigsby in a grain elevator. According to this article in the Denver Post, "teens as young as 14 drove front-end loaders, forklifts or other dangerous equipment. A 13-year-old had a job working alongside adults. And a lack of safety equipment made falls into the elevators a constant threat, according to a federal investigation." The largest fine levied by OSHA in Colorado was $1.8 million against Samsonite Corp. (the luggage-maker) in 1991.

DOL agencies Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Wage and Hour Division both fined the grain storage company. See the DOL news release for further details. You can find regulatory information about youth employment (child labor laws) here.

For additional government resources about labor and employment, see our guide.

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