With the start of the 2014 growing season, officials from the agricultural industry and state and federal safety representatives are reminding grain bin owners, co-ops and elevator operators of the importance of compliance with all relevant state and federal rules and regulations regarding workplace safety.

According to the National Safety Council, agriculture remains one of the most hazardous industries in the United States. In 1992, approximately 37 fatalities occurred per 100,000 agricultural workers and an estimated 140,000 disabling injuries to farm workers were experienced overall.

While the types and causes of those accidents and fatalities are varied, accidents associated with the operation of grain storage bins represent one of the most dangerous aspects of the industry.  


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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) has established a number of mandated rules and regulations required for grain bin handlers, primarily safety procedures that must be followed by commercial grain operations.