News Release

Farm workpalce Fatal Accident 7641-18 11/30/18

Nature of Incident:   Farm Workplace Fatality Accident

Incident #:  7641-18

Date & Time:

11/30/2018 06:35 Hours


66000 Block of CR 362 in Hartford, Michigan


35 Year Old Male from Middleville, Michigan


Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that Deputies along with rescue personnel were dispatched to the Red Arrow dairy farm located in Hartford , Michigan reference a 35 year old male worker who was found unresponsive. Emergency life saving procedures were conducted by employees of the dairy farm and first responders. The victim worker was taken to Watervliet Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Deputies conducted an investigation where it was determined that the 35 year old worker who was sub contracted for a company out of Grand Rapids, Michigan was on site to conduct testing. The victim was found by another worker buried in what is called corn silage which is fermented high moisture food which is fed to the cattle. The preliminary investigation appears that the victim was near the approximately thirty foot high corn silage when for unknown reasons some broke away from the stack falling onto the victim. Officials from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) were contacted and are currently investigating.

Investigating Deputies:

Sgt Tony Evans

Assisting agency

Hartford Police Department

Pokagon Tribal Police

Pride Ambulance Service

Hartford Fire Department

Supervisor Contact:

The on duty Sergeant or LT. Jim Charon

Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or your local Police Department.

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Jim Charon