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Body of employee recovered from grain silo at Didion Milling in Cambria

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Emergency crews on the scene Dec. 8, 2020 at Didion Milling in Cambria.

UPDATE (WKOW) -- A spokesperson from Didion Milling confirmed with 27 News on Tuesday that the body of an employee was recovered from a grain silo at the plant in Cambria. Below is the full statement from the company.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of a Didion work family member who was recovered from a grain silo at the Cambria raw corn processing facility on December 8, 2020. It has been a very difficult day for our Didion employee family. We are assisting authorities as they investigate the cause of this tragic event and will not be able to release additional details at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with our employee’s loved ones and our grieving work family. We want to thank local fire and EMT professionals for their responsiveness and rescue efforts.

Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brandner revealed that the victim is a 52-year-old man from Waupun. The name of the employee is being withheld pending the family being notified.

The incident remains under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The sheriff's office said it received a call shortly after 9:00 a.m. about a worker who was unaccounted for. Authorities said the company informed them the worker was last seen working in or around the grain silo.

Throughout the afternoon, rescue crews could be seen using drilling equipment to reach the bottom of a silo on the company's property. Around 7:00 p.m., a 27 News crew could see the rescuers removing a body from the scene.

Five workers were killed at Didion in a 2017 dust explosion. OSHA recommended $1.8 million in fines after finding more than a dozen safety violations at the company.

Didion appealed those fines; an OSHA spokesman at the regional office in Chicago did not immediately provide confirmation Tuesday as to the final result of that challenge.

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