A business within the SEMO Port Authority faces $42,000 in fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Midwest Grain and Barge Co. received two citations as a result of a March investigation initiated after OSHA received a complaint alleging workers were exposed to grain-handling hazards. The locally owned and operated grain merchandiser of corn, soybeans, wheat and specialty grains was cited by OSHA for 11 “serious” and two “other-than-serious” violations. President and CEO of Midwest Grain and Barge Co Russ Mothershead says he disagreed with the citations, and said the company intends to challenge them. According to OSHA, inspectors found areas not kept in a clean and orderly condition and areas where drainage was not maintained. They found instances where equipment was not powered down or locked out to prevent unintentional operation before workers entering grain bins. OSHA also reported workers were not trained annually on safe grain-handling procedures, nor were they trained about hazardous chemicals in use in the facilities. Equipment and training also were not provided for grain-rescue operations, and personal-protective equipment needs were not evaluated. The U.S. Department of Labor says the company has 15 days to contest the citations, which were issued May 19. Mothershead says they are preparing to do so and that they have done nothing wrong.