As harvest continues in full swing across the country, the National Corn Growers Association joins the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in reminding farmers of the dangers of grain bin entrapment. In 2009 alone, 38 grain bin entrapment incidents were reported nationwide and studies show this number is continuing to rise year after year.
“Bin engulfment is always a concern around harvest but we want to remind farmers that it can be prevented,” NCGA President Bart Schott says. “With the help of OSHA and several agriculture organizations, we are now equipped with safety DVDs, bin-entry procedure safety tips and fact sheets. We encourage all farmers to be mindful of the dangers of engulfment and wish everyone a safe and bountiful harvest.”
While OSHA recommends never entering a grain bin, below are proper and required grain bin-entry procedures that could help save a life:
1. Stay out if possible. Develop a “Zero Entry” mentality.
2. If you must enter, do not enter alone.
3. Before entering, ensure the entrant and observer are properly trained.
4. Follow and post entry permit.
5. Lockout unloading equipment before entering.
6. Secure the lifeline properly.
OSHA has more online regarding bin safety.