Thursday, March 3, 2011
Grain Handling Facilities
OSHA has sent letters to over 10,000 grain handling facilities last month, warning them of the hazards associated with workers entering storage bins. Over 50 people lost their lives in grain bin accidents in 2010 alone. Several of those were in Illinois. OSHA has a Fact Sheet that outlines some of the hazards and provides recommendations for mitigation. Grain storage bins are dangerous for workers to enter due to bridging and "running" characteristics of the grain. Confined space protocols and proper equipment can protect workers as they enter grain storage bins to perform their duties.