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Beware of Flowing Grain Dangers

Bins Hold Many Hazards

Generally, stored grain presents few hazards, but flowing grain increases the risk of entrapment and suffocation. Over the years, hundreds of deaths have occurred in bins that appeared to pose no danger. Few people realize the hazard from flowing grain. An unsuspecting farmer who enters a grain bin with the unloader running may be caught in the grain flow before realizing what has happened. It takes only 4 or 5 seconds to be submerged to the point of becoming helpless. And it takes less than 20 seconds to be completely submerged in flowing grain. A child is engulfed even more quickly.
 
Major risk factors associated with grainhandling include:

• out-of-condition grain due to improper grain-management practices

• faster grain-handling procedures

• larger storage facilities

• year-round storage of grain

• a lack of awareness of the great danger in handling flowing grain

 

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Dangers of flowing grain.pdf