October 20, 2014

Details emerge in the death of SSC student

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — Details regarding the death of 18-year-old SSC junior Tommy Osier have been released and the Bay City State Police are awaiting official autopsy results to determine the cause of death.

Osier died while working at Pine Grove Farm in Gibson Township May 30.

Sgt. Lance Cook of the Bay City State Police said unofficial results show Osier died from asphyxiation.

Cook said a report from the day of the incident shows that Osier was cleaning corn off the inside walls of the silo at the farm when he became trapped.

“We are not sure how he become trapped at this time,” he said. “We are not sure if fumes from the inside of the silo made him unconscious. We will have to await official autopsy results before we can make an official comment.”

Cook said an investigation is being performed by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

He added that the initial report states that there were no apparent workplace or safety hazards at the farm.

According to Dan Chapman, fire chief of the Gibson Township Fire Department, Osier was working at the farm Monday morning. The department was called to the scene around 9 a.m.

He said the department recovered Osier’s body at the scene.

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