- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BRIDGEPORT, Neb. (AP) - A federal safety agency wants to penalize a Nebraska Panhandle grain facility for what the agency says are several violations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing nearly $62,000 in penalties for the New Alliance facility in Bridgeport. The agency says that during February and March inspections, officials found violations that included the lack of guardrails to prevent falls of up to 15 feet. The agency also says workers at the facility were exposed to grain dust explosions because the facility didn’t prevent grain dust accumulation.

New Alliance is a division of Western Cooperative Co., commonly known as Westco. Westco general manager David Briggs would say only that Westco is cooperating with OSHA.

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