[The Department of Labor is currently reviewing the agricultural hazardous orders. In 2002, NIOSH recommended expanding Hazardous Order #8 to prohibit all work in silos. If this recommendation is moved forward, teen workers in agriculture under 16 would be protected from silo dangers, which include suffocation and toxic gases . If the CARE Act were to pass and HO #8 is also enacted as recommended, then you would have to be 18 to work in a silo. ]
Families remember two teens who died in silo accident
17-year-old Franscisco Martinez and 18-year-old Victor Perez were inside the silo at Yankee Springs Dairy when they lost consciousness, they were pronounced dead after being taken out of the silo.
Newschannel 3 spoke with family of the victims on Tuesday.
The families say Frascisco Martinez had worked at the dairy for just a few months, while Victor Perez had been there for about three years.
“All I can say is I miss my son,” said Victor’s father Jose Perez. “I miss my son, everywhere I look I see him.”
Jose Perez says the last time he spoke to his son was Saturday night.
“I told him, just be careful, be careful with what you do,” said Jose.
Jose says Victor had just graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School and was working at the farm full-time, he had just purchased a truck that he was going to fix up.… Read the rest