Avoid these 7 deadly grain-bin situations
- Never enter a bin when unloading equipment is running, even if the grain is not flowing.
- When working with out-of-condition grain, be extra cautious about blocked flow, cavities, crusting and avalanches.
- Dislodge steep or crusted piles of grain from above, using a long pole rather than a short shovel.
- Always use a rope and safety harness when entering a potentially dangerous bin. Have two people capable of lifting you at the ready outside.
- Consider using two-way radios to communicate, since equipment noise may keep people outside the bin from hearing you.
- Don’t rely on a rope, chain or pipe ladder hanging from the roof. They may not be reliable, can obstruct flow during filling or increase drag during unloading.
- Always keep children off grain vehicles and out of bins when loading and unloading.