Didion Milling to fight explosion citations

Wisconsin State Farmer

CAMBRIA - A Wisconsin milling company will challenge at least some of the citations federal regulators filed against it following a fatal plant explosion earlier this year.

An explosion ripped through a corn mill plant at the Didion Milling complex in Cambria on May 31. Three workers died in the blast. A fourth died several days later in the hospital from injuries sustained in the blast. About a dozen workers at the plant were injured.

The Didion Milling Co. corn processing plant in Cambria blew up on May 31, killing five workers and injuring 12 more. OSHA issued 19 citations for safety violations against the company last month and have proposed a $1.8 million fine.

Didion officials issued a three-sentence statement Dec. 8 saying they will contest "some" of the citations before the OSHA Review Commission. The statement said the appeal process could take up to a year.

The statement didn't say which citations the company would contest and a Didion spokeswoman didn't immediately reply to an email seeking more details.