LINCOLN – Nebraska farmers are continuously producing grain more efficiently. With this, grain storage is more prevalent. Consequently, there is a greater total risk of fatal accidents. Nebraska’s corn, soybean, wheat, and sorghum organizations want farmers to be safe around grain bins.
“Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week” is March 29 through April 2. This is in alliance with numerous organizations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to the Grain Handling Safety Council.
Grain bin accidents are preventable, given proper precaution. Here are some tips to stay safe around grain bins.
Inspection holes and grain level markers can be used to understand what is happening inside a bin. A pole should be used from outside the bin to break up grain bridges. Entering a grain bin should be prevented. If entering a bin is absolutely necessary, use a body harness and make sure others are around to monitor the situation. Utilize hand signals that you and those outside the bin understand.
Nebraska’s corn, soybean, wheat, and sorghum organizations will be sharing grain bin safety tips throughout the week on social media. For more information, visit www.standup4grainsafety.org.