New Technology Helps In Preventing Grain Bin Deaths

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- The one sure-fire way to avoid dying in a grain bin is to stay out. That's where Scott Haugan and some high-tech wizardry come in. Haugan, who runs the Howgan grain storage technology firm in Marshalltown, has teamed up with the Iowa's science and technology apparatus to push the idea of using … Continue reading New Technology Helps In Preventing Grain Bin Deaths

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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

Columbus, Ohio Farmer Dies, Trapped In Grain Bin

By  Holly Zachariah The Columbus Dispatch Thursday May 30, 2013 5:31 AM   Enlarge Image BETHEL TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT Bethel Township firefighters try to save Warren Mumma. The Clark County farmer had tried to install a secondary augur in his grain bin on Tuesday. It was with a heavy heart that Professor Dee Jepsen heard … Continue reading Columbus, Ohio Farmer Dies, Trapped In Grain Bin

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

Workers Comp Exclusive Remedy Challenged

By Roberto Ceniceros    Nebraska grain elevator suit could affect all industries October 9, 2011 - 6:00am AP -Firefighters cut a hole in a Zachow, Wis., grain elevator in June 2010 in searching for an employee who became engulfed in the grain at Sorensen Grain L.L.C. and died. 2010 was a record year for grain entrapment … Continue reading Workers Comp Exclusive Remedy Challenged

Drowned in Corn: Grain Bin Deaths Hit Record & Feds Step Up Inspections After Accident that Killed 2 Illinois Teens

The three young workers sank into a funnel of corn that pulled them down like quicksand toward the bottom of the giant grain bin. Wyatt Whitebread, 14, started screaming as the kernels moved past his chest, up his chin and over his head within a matter of seconds. "We're going to die," moaned Alejandro "Alex" … Continue reading Drowned in Corn: Grain Bin Deaths Hit Record & Feds Step Up Inspections After Accident that Killed 2 Illinois Teens

OSHA Quick Takes – February 1, 2011

In this issue Two Illinois grain handling facilities fined more than $1.3 million after three workers are fatally engulfed in storage bins OSHA withdraws proposed interpretation on occupational noise and examines other approaches to prevent work-related hearing loss Revised National Emphasis Program expands worker protection against exposure to harmful food flavorings OSHA temporarily withdraws proposed … Continue reading OSHA Quick Takes – February 1, 2011

Grain Elevator Operators Fined $1.35 Million Following Three Deaths

    There were more grain entrapments in 2010 than in any year since they started collecting data on entrapments in 1978, according to researchers at Purdue University. The U.S. Department of Labor has fined Haasbach LLC in Mount Carroll, Ill., and Hillsdale Elevator Co. in Geneseo and Annawan, Ill., following the deaths of three … Continue reading Grain Elevator Operators Fined $1.35 Million Following Three Deaths