The following information is a Web Extra from the pages of Farm Journal. It corresponds with the article "Entrapment Hazard." You can find the article in Farm Journal's 2014 February issue.
Golden Kernels of Death
August 27, 2011
There’s a dark downside to high corn demand and increased production: Handling more grain creates more opportunities to suffocate in a grain bin.
Survive a Grain Avalanche
January 27, 2011
Grain-bin burials typically happen when a farmer steps inside a bin "just for a second" to jab at a bridged layer of corn or beans. Without warning, the grain avalanches. If an auger is running at the base of the bin, the farmer has less than four seconds to escape the deadly trap. That is about as long as it takes to read this sentence.
Watch this grain bin safey video, courtesy of Monsanto:
Read the U.S. Department of Labor's grain handling tips.
Check out this fact sheet about how grain bin accidents happen and what to do to prevent them.
- February 2014