Grain bin entrapment can be a serious consequence when safety precautions are not used in and around silos and grain elevators. The Department of Labor (DOL) reports that it only takes five seconds for a worker to become engulfed in flowing grain and only sixty seconds to become completely submerged. Over half of all these accidents result in fatality due to suffocation; over 900 grain bin fatalities in the U.S. have been reported in the last fifty years … Continue reading.

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Ponds and Water

Ponds on farms serve a variety of functions—from controlling soil erosion, to producing fish, to watering livestock. Though farm ponds are sometimes used for recreational purposes, it is advised that swimmers only enter the water if the pond has not been contaminated with potentially dangerous runoff containing fertilizers, pesticides and livestock waste.

Of course, as with any freestanding body of water, farm ponds present the possibility of drownings. The risk of drowning increases exponentially … Continue reading.

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Manure Pits

The Center for Disease Control states that many agriculture operations across the country have found manure pit systems to be effective solutions for the otherwise difficult tasks of cleaning and storing large amounts of raw manure. Though these structures are often useful for operational tasks, manure pits can also pose serious risks. The atmospheric conditions of manure pits are of particular concern, as the decomposition of waste can generate gases that are potentially toxic and explosive … Continue reading.

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