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OSHA Stops Inspection Small Farm Grain Bins

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The Department of Labor withdrew its call on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to inspect and enforce regulations on small farm grain bins.

This comes after an outcry from farmers and ranchers saying they were exempt from OSHA inspections.

Farms and ranches that employ fewer than 10 people and don't provide homes for temporary employees don't have to comply with costly OSHA regulations, under an exception passed in 1976.

But in 2011, OSHA sent a memo to its regional directors stating they need to inspect farms performing post-harvest activities, such as cleaning crops, drying, sorting, grading and packing.

Although OSHA didn't fine any Montana farmer or rancher, they did fine a Nebraska farm $132,000.

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