Workers Injured in Grain Facility Explosion South of Warren, IL

February 27, 2014 | Safety

Two workers were reportedly injured in an explosion at a grain facility just south of Warren, Illinois.

Jo Daviess County Sheriff Kevin Turner said the blast was reported just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the Gavilon Group facility, 6979 Route 84.

Initial reports indicated several people were injured in the explosion. To read more click here.

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Review safety tips for working around bins and silos

February 27, 2014 | Safety

Farming consistently ranks as one of the most hazardous job occupations and according to the Ohio State University Extension Farm Safety and Health program, on average, 26 Ohio farm workers lose their lives to production agriculture each year.

Grain bins present one of those farm hazards where we occasionally hear tragic stories of lives lost due to grain engulfment or from being overcome from toxic vapors. Flowing grain acts much like quicksand and can rapidly trap or bury a person. Even if a person is not buried or suffocated by the grain, the weight of the grain and its flowing nature make it almost impossible to escape without assistance.

Grain bin safety week is Feb. 23-March 1....

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Two Hurt in Derailment at CHS Grain Elevator in Lowder, IL

February 17, 2014 | Safety

LOWDER - Ice and snow may have caused a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train to derail early Feb. 13 at a grain elevator about 6 miles northwest of Virden, according to the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office.

The empty cars derailed on a rail spur on the property of the CHS grain elevator, 10955 North St. in Lowder, just after 2 a.m. Some of the employees present were working in an elevated control room at the time of the accident, and additional employees were in other areas of the elevator.

"All had to evacuate the area as the cars began to topple supports for the control room," a news release from the sheriff's office said.

Two employees suffered bruises and contusions and...

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Rose Creek, MN, Farmer Rescued From Grain Bin

February 13, 2014 | Safety

Feb. 12--ROSE CREEK -- A Rose Creek farmer survived 90 minutes with his legs trapped in a drying bin on Tuesday afternoon.

Craig Nelson got stuck in the bin of soybeans while loading the beans into a semitrailer. Al Mullenbach, assistant chief of the Rose Creek Volunteer Fire Department, said Nelson climbed in after an unloading auger got stuck.

As he tried to loosen up the soybeans, Nelson got sucked in, with the beans up to his waist. He yelled for the driver of the semitrailer.

"It's cold in there, roughly the same temperature that is outside," Mullenbach said. "(Nelson) told me, that if someone would not have been out here with me, I would have froze to death.

"It took us...

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Napoleon, N.D., Farmer Dies in Grain Engulfment Accident

February 12, 2014 | Safety

Feb. 11--A 39-year-old Napoleon farmer was killed Monday afternoon after corn broke loose from a grain bin he was unloading and covered him.

Steve Engelhardt, Logan County chief deputy sheriff and coroner, said Charles Sperle died in the yard of his farm 4 1/2 miles southeast of Napoleon.

Engelhardt said Sperle hired two area truckers to haul corn from a 30,000-bushel bin and was unloading the corn with a grain vacuum.

Engelhardt said the bin was full and the door was open as Sperle unloaded the corn.

He said as the corn was being vacuumed from the bin, a funnel formed and when it reached a certain level, broke loose and came flooding out of the door.

Engelhardt said one of the...

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NGFA Submits Statements to FDA on Two Proposed Food Safety Modernization Act Rules

February 12, 2014 | Safety | Government

WASHINGTON (Feb. 5) – The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) submitted extensive statements recently to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to two proposed rules issued to implement provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The first FDA proposal would require importers to verify the safety of foreign foods and feed/feed ingredients imported and intended for use in the United States, while the second would establish criteria under which the agency would recognize and accredit third-party auditors that perform safety audits for such products.

In its statements, the NGFA provided more than 30 pages of suggestions and comments for the FDA to...

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Illinois Farm Bureau President Stresses Importance of Grain Safety

February 12, 2014 | Safety

In a letter to Illinois Farm Bureau members, Richard Guebert, the organization’s president, recounts the tragic death of his cousin, who died while cleaning out a grain bin. Guebert explains that suffocation is a leading cause of death in grain storage bins, and reminds members to take the proper steps to ensure safety when entering grain bins.

OSHA has developed a number of educational resources to provide workers, employers, and safety and health professionals with useful, up-to-date safety and health information on grain handling facilities. To learn more about hazards and safety measures, visit OSHA's grain handling Web page.

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