Body of worker killed in silo collapse recovered; father of four

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ROY, Wash. — The body of the worker killed in the Wilcox Farms feed silo collapse was recovered Wednesday night, officials said.

He was identified as Steven Green, 44, who leaves behind his wife and four children — three daughters and a son.

The silo collapsed Monday.  The worker was working outside the silo when a support system gave way, rapping him under tons of grain, officials said.

The cause of the collapse is still under investigation.

The owners and operators of the feed silowere cited for safety violations at the site within the last year, with regulators warning that the violations posed extensive safety risks.

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Collapsed feed mill

According to documents obtained from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Wilcox Farms incurred seven penalties from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and had to pay $10,000 in fines following a safety review of the feel mill on June 27.

Six of the seven citations were considered “serious,” and had a due date of correction. The violations included not monitoring employees’ atmospheric and breathing standards, a failure to maintain an accident prevention program and Wilcox did not maintain “proper equipment required” in a confined space.

Top level citations incurred a $2,400 fine, documents show.

The mill also received a $2,700 fine in March. Problems leading to that fine were subsequently corrected, documents show.

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