Video From ABC TV Series “In An Instant”
Grain Bin Safety Week – 15 Tips to Keep You Safe
1.) Maintain grain quality (e.g. moisture, heat, etc)
2.) Never enter a bin without a “bin entry permit”
3.) Never enter a grain bin unless it is really truly necessary
4.) Never enter a grain bin alone – have an outside observer who can both see and hear you
5.) Most young teens do not have the experience, training or qualifications to help you.
6.) Time is of the essence – if you’re engulfed, it takes only 90 seconds for you to die
7.) The outside observer needs to have a sure quick method to contact emergency responders in an emergency
8.) Always lockout unloading equipment before entering (so they can’t be turned on by mistake)
9.) Always check oxygen (min 19.5%) and toxic/inflammable gas levels (phosphine CO2 dust etc) before entry
10.) Always, always use secure a lifeline (harness/rope/ladder) for everyone inside
12.) The lifesaving tip of last resort = cross your arms in front of your chest if you’re sinking – so that you can breathe
13.) Even during the most frantic times, never every risk your or anyone else’s life with a 5-minute shortcut
14.) Have a written plan for training and rescue
15.) The most important safety tip – train-and-practice often
Grain bin safety is such an important task that no one should take lightly.
Other great resources:
- Grain Bin Safety videos: http://youtube.com and http://google.com
- Farm Safety for Just Kids at http://www.farmsafetyforjustkids.org/
- National Education Center for Ag Safety at NE IO CC at http://www.necasag.org/
Download the “Safe Grain Bin Entry” PowerPoint Presentation Below!