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Grain Quality Equates To Grain Bin Safety

Farmers and workers are exposed to serious hazards when they work in or around grain bins, such as entrapment or engulfment. Despite increased awareness about grain safety, farmers are still at greater risk because of longer storage times, larger unloading systems, and farmers holding onto grain longer.

This can lead to entrapment or engulfment. 70% of all engulfment occurs on farms. These higher-risk growers can use good grain storage practices to reduce the need to go into a bin.

You must recognize the fact that stored grain tends to lose its quality. It will never be as good as when it was put in the bin. Avoid storage problems to keep grain in good condition. How grain is stored will depend on how it is managed.

To prevent grain storage from deterioration and economic loss, it is important to manage the grain. If the temperatures drop, check bins every other week through winter and fall. To keep track of changes in temperature and moisture, you might consider creating a spreadsheet that includes all your bins.

You should inspect the grain surface for any signs of crusting, moistness, sticky, or warmth. Always take all precautions when entering a bin. Use a safety harness, grab-rope, lifeline, or safety belt. 

We can correct small problems by monitoring the grain frequently before they grow into big ones. There are risks to regular inspection of grain bins. Grave injuries and deaths result from falls from grain bins and grain handling equipment every year. We can ensure that the climb up to the bin's top is safe by following best practices.