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Enforcement Of Penalties Weak In Grain Bin Deaths

NPR | March 27, 2013 7:17 a.m. | Updated: March 27, 2013 9:29 a.m.

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Howard Berkes

Nearly 500 farmers and workers have suffocated in grain storage bins in the past 40 years. 2010 was the worst year on record, with 26 people dying in grain. Hefty fines and criminal charges are possible for negligent employers. But NPR and the Center for Public Integrity found that enforcement is weak, even as workers continue to die2010 was the worst year on record, with 26 people dying in grain. Hefty fines and criminal charges are possible for negligent employers. But NPR and the Center for Public Integrity found that enforcement is weak, even as workers continue to die

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