Federal Investigators On Scene Of Deadly Elevator Collapse

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Federal officials have sent investigators to the site of a grain elevator collapse that killed two workers in central Kansas.

Two grain bins collapsed Thursday at the Agco Inc. elevator in
Russell while workers were unloading a truck. Twenty-one-year-old
Max Greve of Hays and 19-year-old Sean Banks of Russell died after
being buried by grain.

Investigators from the federal Occupational Safety and Health
Administration were gathering information at the site Friday.

OSHA's area director, Judy Freeman, says an initial check of
records turned up no complaints or previous accidents at the
elevator. State agriculture officials have inspected the elevator's
financial records but aren't required to conduct safety checks.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Twenty-one year-old Max Greve of Hays and 19-year-old Sean Banks of Russell were killed after a structural problem caused the walls of the bins to collapse.

A portion of the Russell Agco elevators located at 913 Fossil in the central Kansas community collapsed at about at 2 p.m., according to Greg Rose Russell police 911 supervisor.

The Russell City Police Department, the Russell County Sheriff's Department, the city of Russell Fire Department and Russell County Emergency Manager, Keith Haberer were on the scene at the time the bodies were found.

The American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter has been notified of the grain elevator collapse in Russell. The Red Cross is responding by sending an emergency response vehicle from Salina to canteen for emergency workers and serve as a liaison to the incident command center.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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