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By Kim Hynes and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 25, 2010
The Occupational and Safety Administration or OSHA is now investigating the fatal grain elevator accident in Russell.  Two men died Thursday after two bins on the elevator collapsed with grain inside. The collapse killed 21-year-old Max Greve of Nebraska and 19-year-old Sean Banks of Russell. OSHA inspectors will go in and determine what happened. They'll decide whether the grain elevator violated any of its safety standards. They'll inspect the facility and talk with witnesses.
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By Angela Smith and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 29, 2010
A Sharon Springs man is dead after a grain elevator accident Tuesday afternoon in the town of Weskan. Map - Weskan, Kansas Wallace County Sheriff Larry Townsend says 21-year-old Brett Spresser stepped into a hole on the top of the grain elevator. He fell about 50 feet to his death. Spresser was an employee of the United Plains Ag Co-op, where the accident happened. Townsend says the co-op's parent company, CHS had a team trained on site for bin extraction.
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By Dave Roberts and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | February 2, 2012
When grain dust mixes with oxygen and it meets fire, the results are explosive. "It's very similar to a bomb," says Robert Henry, a science instructor at Wichita State University. "Basically, it ignites just like gun powder would. " In a demonstration, he filled the bottom of a straw with grain dust and blew it into an open flame a few inches away. It resulted in a fireball. He says this is identical to what could happen inside a poorly ventilated grain elevator when there's a spark.
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By Anne Meyer and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 30, 2011
Three workers are dead, three others remain unaccounted for and two others are hospitalized in critical condition following an explosion at a grain elevator in northeast Kansas. Atchison City Manager Trey Cocking says officials are weighing whether it's safe to send fire teams into the Bartlett Grain Company facility, which sustained significant damage in the Saturday night explosion seen as far as Missouri. Bartlett Grain Company is located at 320 Riverfront Road, and some residents living as far as two miles away said they could feel their houses shaking from the explosion.
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By Roger Cornish and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | April 12, 2012
The federal government has cited a Kansas grain company for a deadly elevator explosion last October.  The grain dust explosion at Bartlett Grain in Atchison killed six workers. The U-S Department of Labor says the deaths could have been prevented if operators addressed some hazards. Investigators say problems included a lack of preventative maintenance and an inadequate emergency action plan. The company says it's waiting to review the documents before commenting.
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By Eyewitness News | September 13, 2012
It's one of the most dangerous situations in the ag industry. Now, there's a training tool for Kansas firefighters and grain elevator workers. The Grain Engulfment Rescue Trainer is on display at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. It simulates what happens if someone gets trapped in a grain elevator. The Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute travels the state with it. The institute trains firefighters and grain elevator employees how to rescue workers who may be trapped.
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By Kim Hynes and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | November 20, 2012
Authorities in Oakley are investigating a grain elevator collapse.  Logan County Emergency Manager  Pappy Lies says the collapse happened at the Frontier Ag Co-Op just before 2:30 Tuesday.  Click For Photos of Collapse Lies says the concrete bins collapsed spilling corn onto the railroad.  It caused eight or nine empty cars to derail on the Union Pacific line.  No one was injured and all company workers are accounted...
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by Cliff Judy and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 30, 2010
Teammates of a teen killed in a grain elevator collapse returned to Kansas Wednesday for his funeral.  Sean Banks, 19, was one of two men killed last week when two tubes of a grain elevator in Russell failed. On Wednesday morning, Banks' Hutchinson Community College baseball teammates gathered to drive to Russell together.  The team only finished its season three weeks ago at the Junior College World Series. Players say they'll remember Banks for his work and attitude off the field.
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By John Boyd & Karl Man and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 14, 2011
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation released the name of the man killed during a confrontation with a trooper in Ottwa County earlier this week.  The KBI says fingerprints confirmed the man was 56-year-old Larry Dean Smith. At nine o'clock Wednesday morning, Delphos co-op employees spotted a Smith walking along the railroad tracks directly behind the co-op. When employees tried to confront the man, he ran into the woods. The employees then called 911. When Kansas Highway Patrol troopers got to the scene, they spotted the Smith.
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Anne Meyer and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 31, 2011
The explosion in Atchison brings back memories of the DeBruce grain elevator explosion in haysville 13 years ago. It killed seven workers and injured 10 others "Its like it was yesterday when something like this comes up," said Deb Goin, who's father was killed in DeBruce explosion. "That dust is like dynamite and it can happen at anytime and its devastation" Federal investigators determined a bad conveyor-belt bearing was to blame for the DeBruce explosion. After it happened,  OSHA expanded its inspections of grain elevators across the country and the industry has increased efforts to control the volatile grain dust.
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By Kim Hynes and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | November 20, 2012
Authorities in Oakley are investigating a grain elevator collapse.  Logan County Emergency Manager  Pappy Lies says the collapse happened at the Frontier Ag Co-Op just before 2:30 Tuesday.  Click For Photos of Collapse Lies says the concrete bins collapsed spilling corn onto the railroad.  It caused eight or nine empty cars to derail on the Union Pacific line.  No one was injured and all company workers are accounted...
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By Eyewitness News | September 13, 2012
It's one of the most dangerous situations in the ag industry. Now, there's a training tool for Kansas firefighters and grain elevator workers. The Grain Engulfment Rescue Trainer is on display at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. It simulates what happens if someone gets trapped in a grain elevator. The Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute travels the state with it. The institute trains firefighters and grain elevator employees how to rescue workers who may be trapped.
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By Roger Cornish and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | April 12, 2012
The federal government has cited a Kansas grain company for a deadly elevator explosion last October.  The grain dust explosion at Bartlett Grain in Atchison killed six workers. The U-S Department of Labor says the deaths could have been prevented if operators addressed some hazards. Investigators say problems included a lack of preventative maintenance and an inadequate emergency action plan. The company says it's waiting to review the documents before commenting.
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By Dave Roberts and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | February 2, 2012
When grain dust mixes with oxygen and it meets fire, the results are explosive. "It's very similar to a bomb," says Robert Henry, a science instructor at Wichita State University. "Basically, it ignites just like gun powder would. " In a demonstration, he filled the bottom of a straw with grain dust and blew it into an open flame a few inches away. It resulted in a fireball. He says this is identical to what could happen inside a poorly ventilated grain elevator when there's a spark.
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By Garrick Enright and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | November 2, 2011
Despite October's deadly grain elevator explosion in Atchinson, Kansas experts say the structures are the safest they have ever been. But grain elevators are dangerous by design. Fine, highly combustible dust flows freely through the buildings. The spark from equipment or an overheated bearing could ignite it. In the 1970's there were an average of 25 grain explosions each year. That's dropped to fewer than 9 between 2001 and 2005. Experts say the key to reducing the number of explosions has been following a few simple rules, like no welding while grain is being moved, and to make sure machines are well-oiled.
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Anne Meyer and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 31, 2011
The explosion in Atchison brings back memories of the DeBruce grain elevator explosion in haysville 13 years ago. It killed seven workers and injured 10 others "Its like it was yesterday when something like this comes up," said Deb Goin, who's father was killed in DeBruce explosion. "That dust is like dynamite and it can happen at anytime and its devastation" Federal investigators determined a bad conveyor-belt bearing was to blame for the DeBruce explosion. After it happened,  OSHA expanded its inspections of grain elevators across the country and the industry has increased efforts to control the volatile grain dust.
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By Anne Meyer and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 30, 2011
Three workers are dead, three others remain unaccounted for and two others are hospitalized in critical condition following an explosion at a grain elevator in northeast Kansas. Atchison City Manager Trey Cocking says officials are weighing whether it's safe to send fire teams into the Bartlett Grain Company facility, which sustained significant damage in the Saturday night explosion seen as far as Missouri. Bartlett Grain Company is located at 320 Riverfront Road, and some residents living as far as two miles away said they could feel their houses shaking from the explosion.
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By John Boyd & Karl Man and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 14, 2011
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation released the name of the man killed during a confrontation with a trooper in Ottwa County earlier this week.  The KBI says fingerprints confirmed the man was 56-year-old Larry Dean Smith. At nine o'clock Wednesday morning, Delphos co-op employees spotted a Smith walking along the railroad tracks directly behind the co-op. When employees tried to confront the man, he ran into the woods. The employees then called 911. When Kansas Highway Patrol troopers got to the scene, they spotted the Smith.
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by Kim Hynes and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 21, 2010
Warm and dry are the perfect combination to harvest. But as farmers pull their crops from the ground, they struggle to find a place to put it.  Most grain elevators are full, so co-ops are getting creative.  "It's kind of odd, I don't see it every day," said grain truck driver Drew Simpson. But it's a growing problem the Great Bend Co-op is happy to have.   Harvest has been so good in the Great Bend area there's no room left at area elevators.  So the co-ops are forced to pile milo on the ground rain or shine.
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by Cliff Judy and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 30, 2010
Teammates of a teen killed in a grain elevator collapse returned to Kansas Wednesday for his funeral.  Sean Banks, 19, was one of two men killed last week when two tubes of a grain elevator in Russell failed. On Wednesday morning, Banks' Hutchinson Community College baseball teammates gathered to drive to Russell together.  The team only finished its season three weeks ago at the Junior College World Series. Players say they'll remember Banks for his work and attitude off the field.
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