Cleaning Bins, Bridged Grain and General Safety

Last fall, many bushels of grain went into storage in poor conditions. This increases the risk of bridging, crusting, and other grain storage dangers. Especially this year, please review the safety tips below to ensure you and your family remain safe while working with grain.

Grain bins can be dangerous places. Purdue University researchers report that bin-related injuries such as entrapments, equipment entanglements and asphyxia are on the rise – more than 60 incidents occurred in the U.S. in 2018.

Here are the top three things you can do to promote safe practices around grain bins:

  1. Review safe grain bin entry procedures. Sometimes it’s necessary to enter a grain bin but think twice before you do to avoid falling victim to the top hazards associated with grain bins.
  2. Remind those around you to stay safe. Encourage your employees, loved ones and fellow farmers to always wear safety harnesses when working around bins. Never enter a grain bin alone and turn off augers before entering a grain bin or silo.
  3. Using a fan can help move air and move any potential hazardous gas out of the bin. If the air in a bin smells like spoiled or moldy grain, that could indicate there are grain bridges or vertical grain walls that could collapse.

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