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Preventing Grain Dust Explosions Starts With You

Posted by Marty Huseman on Nov 9, 2017

To understand grain dust explosions, it is helpful to understand the elements that make up the fire triangle and the explosion pentagon. Many people are familiar with the fire triangle of heat, fuel and oxygen. By removing one of the three elements of fire, you can prevent or put a fire out.  OSHA says five elements must be present for a dust explosion to occur.  They are heat, fuel, oxygen, dispersion of dust and confinement. Industry experts sometimes refer to this as the explosion pentagon.  Like fire, if any of the 5 elements are removed, an explosion cannot occur.

  

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Topics: grain bins, dust explosions

Safety Training 101: Rescues in Confined Spaces

Posted by Good Day's Work on Apr 27, 2017

Working in confined spaces is an unavoidable part of running many agriculture operations. Whether it be a manure pit, silo, grain bin, fertilizer tank, or another building, the nature of the structure presents a risk of death or significant injury due to suffocation or poisoning. We’ve all heard stories of those who have lost their lives from working inside a confined space – and too often the lives of their rescuers.

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Topics: confined spaces, grain bins, agriculture

Climbing Grain Bins Safely

Posted by Good Day's Work on Nov 8, 2016

Falls account for most injuries in ag operations.  One of the more dangerous fall hazards faced by farmers and agricultural workers is climbing grain bins.  There are many reasons to climb grain bins; opening or closing manhole covers, moving spouts, replacing belts, checking spreader operation, checking the stirrator, checking grain level, checking grain moisture, monitoring grain quality, just to name a few.

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Topics: grain bins, climbing & falling from heights

Grain Bin Safety:  Have You Developed A Plan?

Posted by Good Day's Work on Sep 22, 2016

Grain bin entrapments are preventable if we follow the right procedures for entering a confined space such as a grain bin. U.S. grain stocks are at an all-time high, we are producing, moving, and storing more grain than anytime in US history.  It stands to reason engulfments, injuries and fatalities may rise if we don’t make a constant commitment to basic safety measures.

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Topics: confined spaces, grain bins, productivity / goals / motivation

Safety Training 101: Rescues in Confined Spaces

Posted by Good Day's Work on Feb 16, 2016

Working in confined spaces is an unavoidable part of running many agriculture operations. Whether it be a manure pit, silo, grain bin, fertilizer tank, or another building, the nature of the structure presents a risk of death or significant injury due to suffocation or poisoning. We’ve all heard stories of those who have lost their lives from working inside a confined space – and too often the lives of their rescuers.

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Topics: confined spaces, grain bins, agriculture

Grain Bins and Safety

Posted by Good Day's Work on Feb 9, 2016

Grain bins are a necessary part of many agriculture operations. But they also present one of the most dangerous activities, as well. A worker in a grain bin can become engulfed in less than 3 seconds, unable to get free of flowing grain. They may become completely submerged in less than 6 seconds. That’s all the time it takes for a potentially fatal accident to occur.

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Topics: safety culture, grain bins

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