Tommy was killed while working for Pine Groves Farm in Michigan. He was killed when he was engulfed in grain.
MIOSHA investigated the incident and assessed a $7,00.00 penalty and one serious violation. In an informal settlement the penalty was reduced $3,500.00.
Inspection: 312058506 - Pine Grove Farm.
This photo was sent in by his mother Linda Osier. ----Today is the 3rd month without my “baby” boy. Tommy was entrapped in an old corn silo that a farmer had insisted in using for three years without a bottom feed unloader. Young men were required to climb in and shovel the corn down to an external auger to feed cattle. The “boys” 16-25 yrs. olds, took turns climbing in for 5-10 min at a time switching out when the gasses were to strong. Tommy had milked that morning leaving home at 3 am, since it was Memorial Day The farmer wasn’t going to work and Tommy’s replacement was a no-show. Tommy was told “stay and keep your job – Leave and don’t come back.” We had family birthday plans with Tommy since he had just turned 18, 14 days earlier. He was trying to get out as quickly as he could. The corn had created a cave, he hit the corn with the shovel and it came down on him funneling him to the bottom outlet 15 feet below, folding his body in half at the waist, entrapping his lifeless body in the small opening. I am convinced that the Lord swiftly released him from his earthly form. It took rescuers 5 hours to recover his body from the silo.
~ 05/16/1993 – 05/30/2011~