December 4, 2020

Statement Regarding Fatality at Belmond Facility

Contact:               Chad Meyer                                                                       Date: June 25, 2019
Client Relations/Communications
Office: 515-200-5115
Cell: 515-320-2593

WEST BEND, IOWA, June 25, 2019 – At approximately 4:20 p.m. Monday, June 24, grain was being removed from a steel bin located at the Belmond location of MaxYield Cooperative. During the grain removal process, MaxYield seasonal contract worker Victor Diaz was involved in an incident that took Victor’s life.

MaxYield takes the safety of our team members and contract workers very seriously and we have in place comprehensive and extensive training programs and safety protocol. MaxYield continues to cooperate fully with all of the appropriate authorities. A full OSHA investigation is underway and an autopsy will be performed, as there appeared to be no immediate hazard in the space that Victor was working in at the time of the incident.

MaxYield Cooperative and I are deeply saddened by this tragic incident and we extend our sincere condolences and sympathy to Victor’s family.

We thank all the team members and our outstanding local emergency response personnel and law enforcement for their quick response yesterday. We are grateful to each of you for your assistance, professionalism and support.

MaxYield understands that this is a very difficult time for Victor’s family, friends and our team members. We are grateful for everyone that has offered support and we will continue to offer resources and support for any team member that needs or requests it. We will make our way through the healing process with the strength and resilience of each other.

We offer our prayers, condolences and deepest sympathy to Victor’s family and friends.

Keith Heim, CEO
MaxYield Cooperative


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