Posted on March 1, 2014 at 8:15 PM by Iowa Corn
This week, the ag industry put a focus on grain handling safety with the marking of Grain Bin Safety Week.
The National Corn Growers Association
has produced a video
on the subject in conjunction with the National Grain and Feed Foundation that talks about the hazards of flowing and lodged grain. It also discusses how an engulfment can impact a family and farm operation.
Flowing grain can completely engulf a worker in seconds. Horizontally crusted grain is like a bridge and can collapse and immediately bury farmers walking across the top of it. The collapse of crusted grain on the side of a bin is like an avalanche that can break bones or bury workers.
People can suffocate with only 12 inches of grain covering them because the weight of the grain prevents movement. We want to encourage farmers to be diligent and train their family members and workers on the hazards of working in and around grain bins and discuss what to do should an accident occur.
Take time to review grain bin safety by watching this video
.With information from the Nebraska Corn Growers Association.