Keep Workers Safe while Handling Grain

From AgVenture's Seeds for Success Agronomy Update, October 2015

Keep Workers Safe while Handling Grain

Grain entrapments typically happen when a farm worker enters a bin or silo to break up clumps of out-of-condition grain during loading or unloading. Entrapments have increased more than 183 percent from 2001-2010. Nationwide, there were 38 documented entrapments resulting in 17 deaths in 2014, compared with 33 entrapments and 13 deaths in 2013. Whether you have hired help without experience in handling grain, or have seasoned employees, friends and family members helping out, it is always a good idea to refresh safety tips with workers. The Grain Handling Safety Coalition provides resources for training workers to help prevent and reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities of those working in the grain industry. The website provides helpful tips on how to talk with workers about safety and provides useful online resources and links: http://grainsafety.org.