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Veterinarian dies in silage collapse at dairy farm

A Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) media release gave a preliminary summary of an incident on Nov. 30 when a 35-year-old veterinarian was found buried under a pile of silage at a dairy farm.

 

The silage was outdoors on the ground; a farmhand and another employee pulled the veterinarian from the silage, started CPR, and called EMS.  The man identified as John Garth Cummings, of Middleville in news reports, was later pronounced dead by the county medical examiner's office at the hospital. 

 

It is believed that the silage collapsed onto the veterinarian while he was perhaps taking a sample of the silage for analysis. The farmhand who found him was moving silage with a front-end loader from the silage pile to a mechanical spreader that filled the feeding bins, the release said.

 

According to the farmhand, the location of the veterinarian’s body indicated that he had been near the sheer face of the silage pile that was being removed by the front-end loader. There were no witnesses to the actual collapse of the pile onto the veterinarian.

 

The release said Cummings was the 34th worker death this year, and listed to area of the dairy farm as Grand Rapids.

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