OSHA Launches Bruning Elevator Investigation

HASTINGS, Neb. (Nebraska) — Federal security agencies are investigating the grain elevator where a man’s body was found Feb. 15.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that the agency had opened an investigation into the Bruning Grain and Feed Company.

Investigators found the body of 43-year-old Jamie Balluch in one of the grain bins at the scene. Balluch was an employee of the company and was reported missing on February 2. Authorities initially said his disappearance was suspicious.

The Nebraska State Patrol was also investigating the case as a criminal case, but as of Wednesday, no new developments were reported. An autopsy was ordered on Balluch’s body, but the results were also not reported.

OHSA records show the agency opened an investigation on February 16, the day after Balloch’s body was found. The records did not show what violations, if any, the agency was investigating. An OSHA spokesman said no further information would be released until the investigation is completed, which can legally take up to six months.

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