OSHA launches investigation into Bruning lift

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

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that the agency has launched 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 site. Balluch was an employee of the company and had been reported missing on February 2. Authorities had initially said his disappearance was suspicious.

The Nebraska State Patrol was also investigating the case as a criminal matter, but had reported no new developments as of Wednesday. An autopsy had been scheduled on Balluch’s body, but no results were reported on that either.

OHSA records indicate that the agency began its investigation on February 16, the day after Balluch’s body was found. The logs did not show what violations, if any, the agency was investigating. An OSHA spokesperson said no further information will be available until the investigation is completed, which by law can take up to six months.

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