The Occupational Safety and Health Organization wants Missouri’s grain handling industry to be vigilant in stemming the tide of tragedies.
More than half of all workers “engulfed” in grain, die in 60 seconds from suffocation. Since January, there have been two grain-handling deaths and four preventable incidents in Kansas and Nebraska.
Brian Drake with OSHA’s Kansas City office says workers face numerous dangers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Organization is investigating six-grain industry fatalities and incidents. The number-one hazard for workers is “engulfment” in grain, which can be fatal. Brian Drake says employers are responsible for making conditions as safe as possible.
Employers are being urged by OSHA to implement procedures to avoid hazardous conditions. Brian Drake with OSHA says hazards can be avoided.
There have been no grain bins fatalities this year in Missouri.