By Andrew Kness
Grain entrapments and engulfment are preventable hazards associated with grain storage. In 2019, there were 38 reported entrapment incidents of which 23 were fatal. ASABE standard S624, recommends that all grain bins produced after August 2018 have anchor points for a lifeline and harness rated to 2000 lbs. of vertical pull. There are more than 260,000 exempt grain handling facilities across the U.S. where most of these incidents occur. Unfortunately, about 1 in 5 of these grain-related incidents involve children.Source : umd.edu
Through the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety, Penn State is conducting a 2-part research project related to retrofitting safe entry technologies on farm grain bin structures. The first part of the project is doing non-destructive grain bin tests to determine feasibility of retrofitting on-farm grain bin structures with anchor points for a lifeline and harness system. The second part is a survey to learn more about agricultural producer’s awareness about grain bin hazards and safety as well as their willingness to implement new safety practices into their operation.
Anyone who works around or owns a grain bin is eligible to participate in the survey. Survey participants can enter a drawing for a chance to win 1 of 3 $75 Visa gift cards. To participate in the survey, click on the following link and complete by March 15, 2021: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b8D15JcDC4uKShf.