Grain Handling Facilities

Grain elevator near water with a railyard next to it. Caption: A systematic approach to identifying hazards at grain storage facilities puts you one step closer to preventing work-related injuries and illnessesGrain handling facilities in rural or industrial settings are high hazard operations where workers can be exposed to serious and even deadly hazards:

  • Suffocation from engulfment or entrapment by grain, the leading cause of fatalities in grain bins. 
  • Falls, fires, explosions, electrocutions, and improperly guarded machinery.
  • Exposure to grain dust and associated airborne contaminants  such as  molds, chemical fumigants, and gases associated with decaying and fermenting silage.

These and other hazards can result in crushing injuries, amputations, permanent central nervous system damage, heart and vascular disease, cancer, and death.

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