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Iowa farm worker falls inside silo, dies

By Staff | Oct 13, 2016

Iowa farm worker falls inside silo, dies

FOREST CITY (AP) – An Iowa farm worker died this week after falling roughly 30 feet inside a silo.

The fatal fall happened Monday morning at Branstad Farms near Forest City.

The Hancock County sheriff’s office said 46-year-old Julian Santos Martinez died at the farm after the fall. The sheriff’s office said the death appears to have been an accident.

Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said they won’t investigate the death because the farm doesn’t have more than 10 non-family employees, so the agency doesn’t have jurisdiction.

The farm is owned by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s brother, Monroe Branstad.

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