Best Practices to Grain Bin and Silo Safety
By understanding the potential dangers inherent to grain bins and grain silos, workers can follow several steps to help reduce risk of entrapment, injury or death. Entrapment is one of the biggest hazards that workers encounter when working with flowing grain.
Entering grain storage bins is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!
Workers under 16 years old are prohibited from entering grain bins! Moving grain acts like "quicksand" and can bury and suffocate you in seconds!
NEVER stand on moving/flowing grain.
From the time the auger starts, you have 2-3 seconds to react.
In 4-5 seconds you are trapped!
After 22 seconds, you are completely covered.
NEVER stand on or below bridged grain; NEVER stand next to grain accumulated on the side of bins or try to dislodge it.
A dangerous situation created by a previous partial unloading of the bin.
As unloading begins, bridged grain falls into the air space and you are instantly trapped.
Before the grain flow can be stopped, you are covered. In seconds, suffocation occurs.