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Minnesota Leads Nation in Grain Bin Deaths

Historically, the state ranked third behind Iowa and Indiana

Minnesota is leading the nation in grain bin and silo accidents, FOX 9 Investigators have learned. Since June, there have been 9 deaths and three rescues.

But because all of the accidents occurred on small farms, there was no state or federal investigation into any of the cases.

Since 1976, Congress has attached a rider to OSHA appropriations prohibiting the agency or its state affiliates from regulating safety or investigating accidents on farms with 10 or fewer non-family employees.

Historically, Minnesota ranks third in the nation in farm accidents with 193 fatalities in the last 56 years, according to Purdue University which tracks farm accidents, nationally. Iowa was first with 245 fatalities, Indiana was second with 225.

Read the full report at Fox 9.

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