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Published November 01 2011

OSHA settlement reached in Fargo workplace death

FARGO – A Canadian company has agreed to pay a $6,000 fine and change its load-securing procedures in connection with a fatal workplace accident in Fargo’s industrial park in August.

The fine and procedural changes are part of a settlement Buhler Industries reached with the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration following the Aug. 16 incident.

Officials said Noren Ellingson, 49, suffered a traumatic brain injury when a large metal bin fell on him at Buhler Industries, 1330 43rd St. N.

He died two days later.

Buhler Industries, a Canadian company, was initially fined $7,000, but OSHA lowered the amount after the company agreed to make procedural changes companywide, said Tom Deutscher, area director at OSHA’s Bismarck office.

According to OSHA records, a compliance officer who investigated the incident determined the company failed to properly secure and stabilize a 1,850-pound bin that struck Ellingson when it fell from a flatbed truck.