Grain bins can be dangerous places. Purdue University researchers report that bin-related injuries such as entrapments, equipment entanglements and asphyxia are on the rise – more than 60 incidents occurred in the U.S. in 2018.
As part of our commitment to safety as a core value, CHS is partnering with other ag industry leaders to support Grain Bin Safety Week, Feb. 16-22. Here are the top three things you can do to promote safe practices around grain bins:
- Review safe grain bin entry procedures. Sometimes it’s necessary to enter a grain bin, but think twice before you do to avoid falling victim to the top hazards associated with grain bins.
- Remind those around you to stay safe. Encourage your employees, loved ones and fellow farmers to always wear safety harnesses when working around bins. Never enter a grain bin alone and turn off augers before entering a grain bin or silo. A gas meter should also be used to assess air quality. If the air in a bin smells like spoiled or moldy grain, that could indicate there are grain bridges or vertical grain walls that could collapse.
- Help local emergency responders receive grain bin rescue equipment and training. CHS has supported more than 40 grain bin safety and rescue equipment projects impacting 160 communities through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship ;program.