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.
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...
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.
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...
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.