Updated: Authorities Investigate Another Grain Bin Death in Sidney, Illinois on 7-18-2013

Sidney, Illinois – A man is dead after getting trapped in a grain bin Wednesday.  According to the Champaign County Coroner, 55-year-old Roy McCarty was working inside a grain bin at the Premier Cooperative Grain Elevator, when he became buried "under a large amount of corn." Firefighters from the Urbana Fire Department arrived at 301 … Continue reading Updated: Authorities Investigate Another Grain Bin Death in Sidney, Illinois on 7-18-2013

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Grain Bin Entrapment Leads To 1 dead in Dayton, Iowa

Another all too frequent grain bin accident is putting the spotlight on grain bin safety. Thiry-year-old Brandon Mullen got trapped Tuesday afternoon.  His body was pulled out about an hour and a half later, when rescue crews cut holes on the side of the bin. The National Education Center for Agriculture Safety travels around the … Continue reading Grain Bin Entrapment Leads To 1 dead in Dayton, Iowa

2010 Chester, Illinois Grain Elevator Explosion Leads to $180 Million Jury Verdict

A federal jury recently awarded three workers approximately $180 million in damages for injuries sustained in a 2010 explosion at a grain elevator owned by ConAgra Foods, Inc.  See Jentz v. Conagra Foods, Inc., No. 3:10-cv-00747 (S.D.I. June 1, 2012).  At the one-month trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, … Continue reading 2010 Chester, Illinois Grain Elevator Explosion Leads to $180 Million Jury Verdict

Kansas City Grain Company Cited For Violations In Deadly Atchison Grain Elevator Explosion

Federal officials Thursday accused a Kansas City grain company of willfully ignoring workplace safety rules, leading to an explosion that killed six workers in Atchison last year. “The deaths of these six workers could have been prevented had the grain elevator’s operators addressed hazards that are well known in this industry,” U.S. Secretary of Labor … Continue reading Kansas City Grain Company Cited For Violations In Deadly Atchison Grain Elevator Explosion

OSHA Letter to Grain Storage Facility Operators Regarding Recent Rise in Grain Bin Fatalities

February 1, 2011 Dear Grain Storage Facility Operator: Last July, two teenagers (ages 14 and 19) were killed in a tragic incident involving a grain elevator in Illinois. Both young workers suffocated after being engulfed in a grain bin they had entered to help clear. A third young worker was pulled out of the storage … Continue reading OSHA Letter to Grain Storage Facility Operators Regarding Recent Rise in Grain Bin Fatalities

New Training & Safety Video for Grain Bins in Light of Rise in Fatalities in 2010 – 2011

Grain Bin Safety Safety Precautions Whenever possible, don't enter a grain bin. If you must enter the bin, as a farm owner/operator you should: Break up crusted grain from the outside of the bin with a long pole. When using a pole, check to see that it doesn't come into contact with electric lines. Wear … Continue reading New Training & Safety Video for Grain Bins in Light of Rise in Fatalities in 2010 – 2011

Number of Suffocation Deaths in Grain Bins is Increasing

By MIKE McGRAW , The Kansas City Star The image of Patrick Hayes’ face after he suffocated in a grain bin under 60 tons of corn still haunts his father, Ron, who remembers: “Tears running down his cheeks; corn dust in his nose, his mouth, his eyes …” That deadly accident occurred 18 years ago. … Continue reading Number of Suffocation Deaths in Grain Bins is Increasing