Tragically, most U.S. grain entrapment incidents occur in on-farm bins. Those dying in such incidents range from youth in their teens up to grandparents in their 80s. We’re partnering with our national trade association – the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) – to raise awareness about how to avoid common grain-entrapment hazards both in commercial grain elevators and in farm bins. It takes only seconds to become engulfed and suffocate in grain — these are tragedies that no family or community should have to endure!
Join Us in Committing to Bin Safety
Our company has implemented bin-entry safety requirements, including those mandated for commercial facilities by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Our company is recommitting to preventing bin-engulfment tragedies. Please join us by committing to the following basic safety practices to protecting you, your families and our greater agricultural community:
• Don’t enter a grain storage unit unless absolutely necessary. Maintaining grain quality through proper grain drying, storage and aeration can reduce the need to enter bins.
• Be aware of ways persons can become engulfed or entrapped in grain, including:
▪ Flowing grain
▪ Bridging/horizontal collapse of encrusted grain; and
▪ Avalanche/vertical collapse of grain encrusted on the sides of bins.
• Follow good safety practices before entering a bin, silo or tank, including by:
▪ Letting someone else know in advance;
▪ Shutting down and locking out all augers and other grain-handling equipment inside the bin; and
▪ Wearing protective equipment, such as a harness or lifeline.
Keep Your Family and Farm Safe!
The NGFA, with financial support from its Foundation, has developed valuable safety guides that are available FREE to ANYONE at ngfa.org/safety.
Thanks in advance for joining us by committing to grain bin safety!