Each year employees lose their lives in preventable grain engulfments. Last year was no exception as two employees lost their lives in Kansas. Five seconds is all it takes for flowing grain to engulf and trap a worker. In 60 seconds, the worker is submerged and is in serious danger of death by suffocation.
In an effort to stop grain engulfments, OSHA and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) have formed an Alliance to provide NGFA members and others with information, guidance, and access to resources that help to protect the safety of workers. With the support of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the Alliance partners are holding a “Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention Week,” April 9 -13, 2018. The University of Texas-Arlington has established a website with information on how to hold a stand-up event; educational resources for the grain industry; and a place to register your stand-up event and print a certificate recognizing your participation by the National Grain and Feed Association, and the U.S. Department of Labor - OSHA.
Free Grain Safety Webinars
Confined Space: Grain Bin Entry
April 10, 12:00 CDT
April 11, 12:00 CDT
Reducing Grain Bin Entry Risks
April 13, 12:00 CDT
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Safety doesn’t start and stop with a stand-up or a campaign. Safety starts with a first step, whether it’s a safety meeting, improvements in safety and health programs, participation in a stand-up, or any other activity to improve workplace safety and health. Together we can make a difference and save lives. OSHA has a wide variety of free tools available to employers and stakeholders to help improve safety and health programs. Visit their website at www.osha.gov.