Grain storage safety awareness
Every year farmers die or narrowly escape death in grain storage bins, and more cases of deaths/entrapments are being reported at commercial grain elevators.
Grain storage entrapments/deaths donâ€™t get much attention in the media because they donâ€™t happen often (a farmer is more likely to be in an vehicle- or farm equipment-related accident), they arenâ€™t high profile, and there has been little university interest and no funded research into numbers/causes.
Still, says Matt Roberts, every year farmers die or narrowly escape death in grain storage bins, and more cases of deaths/entrapments are being reported at commercial grain elevators.
Roberts, an Indiana farmer who himself had a near-miss in a grain bin, undertook an extensive study of grain storage accidents while in a masterâ€™s program at Purdue University, and now does safety presentations around the country.
As a result of the project, he said at a Mississippi State University Extension Service conference on stored grain management at Webb, Miss., â€śWe now have the largest database on grain entrapments, both farm and commercial.â€ť
Last year, there were 34 reported entrapments nationwide; 1987 was the worst year, with 47, followed by 1993, with 42.â€ť
To read the entire article, link to Delta Farm Press.