National Farm Safety and Health Week: Confined Spaces in Agriculture
Grain bins, silos, grain wagons and manure pits are among the most common agricultural confined spaces. Confined spaces are places large enough for a person to enter; however they are not designed for frequent occupancy. Confined spaces have limited entry and exit points and pose a serious risk. More than 900 cases of grain engulfment have been reported in the last 50 years. In fact, it only takes 5 seconds for a person to be entrapped in flowing grain to the point where they cannot free themselves. Don’t become a statistic! Proper training, use of effective lifeline systems and adherence to grain bin entry procedures including lockout/tagout will greatly reduce the number of fatalities in grain bins.
Visit YouTube.com/usagcenters for health and safety videos on grain bin entry procedures.
Hazard Communications Standards (Noon CDT)
Presenter – Dan Neenan, MBA