An Overlooked Hazard (News Release)

A common yet often tragic hazard during harvest is entrapment in grain.

Although this cause of death is often overlooked by farm workers, 7 Iowans suffocated in grain during the last two years. Nationwide, more than 20 people are killed in grain accidents every year.

Fortunately, many stories have a happy ending: the victims survive. However, it only takes seconds for people to become helplessly trapped in flowing grain. A high-capacity conveyor can move enough grain to submerge a 6-foot-tall man in only 15 seconds. Proper rescue techniques are essential.

Better yet, avoid the risks of entrapment altogether.

Always shut off power and lock controls in the off position before anyone enters a bin or wagon.

Let someone else know where you are at all times.

Keep children away from grain handling areas.

This news release was distributed by Iowa State University Extension as part of the Safe Farm program. Safe Farm promotes health and safety in agriculture. It is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Iowa State University, and a network of groups that serve Iowa farm workers and their families. Publication date: September 1992.

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