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.
Greg is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, CHMM and is a 20-year veteran of the Manufacturing and Safety Professions. His background includes extensive experience ranging from industrial chemistry to engineering to plant management for a chemical manufacturer. His interest and passion for health and safety/environmental and risk analysis led him to pursue a way to share his knowledge of these fields with others. Greg holds a B.A. degree in chemistry and is a certified instructor with the Illinois Fire Service. He is also an authorized and certified outreach instructor/trainer with OSHA and a First Aid/CPR/AED instructor with the American Heart Association. He is a technician with the MABAS Division 25 Hazardous Materials Response Team and a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Greg serves his community as the Assistant Fire Chief with the Spring Valley Fire Department and as an Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate. Since 2006, Greg has been President of All Risk Training and Safety, Inc. He teaches and consults with corporate management and safety professionals across the Midwest.