Crews recover man buried under grain

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by KING 5 News Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 12:07 AM

ROY, Wash. -- Crews have found the man killed in a grain silo Wednesday night.

Reaching the remains of Steve Green, 44-year-old man, in the grain silo collapse took longer than expected, but crews worked non-stop till they found him.

Green leaves behind a wife, three daughters and a son.

Nearly two full days after a corn silo collapsed at the Wilcox Family Farm feed mill, vacuum trucks have removed nearly 500 tons of spilled corn. 

Photos of grain silo collapse at Roy mill

The man and another employee at the Wilcox Feed Mill were doing maintenance outside the bin Monday when it collapsed, damaging two other bins and shifting an office building off of its foundation. Fire officials previously estimated 50 tons of grain had spilled, but later found out it was much more than that.

Two other employees managed to escape the office before it filled with the corn.

Officials with South Pierce Fire and Rescue also used a 125-foot excavator to hold the collapsed bin so searchers can reach the man.

Family members of the employee have been on site practically non-stop. 

Green is a former Marine and so South Pierce Fire and Rescue plans to have members of the military remove his remains from the mill so they can give him a respectful procession off the property.

Wilcox Family Farms cited for safety violations

Records released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor and Industries show the mill's owner, Wilcox Family Farms, was cited earlier in the year for six “serious” safety violations. The company was assessed a $10,000 penalty after a June review.

Inspectors cited the company for having inadequate rescue services around a corn tank and for failing to fully inform employees of the hazardous conditions.

Wilcox Family Farms supplies eggs throughout the Northwest.

 

KING 5's Jake Whittenberg and Drew Mikkelsen contributed to this report.

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