The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, issued a proclamation naming February 16-22 Grain Bin Safety Week. Over the past 50 years, more than 900 cases of grain engulfments have been reported in the United States with a fatality rate of 62 percent. In 2018, there were 30 documented grain entrapment cases. Grain entrapment cases rose 30 percent from 2017 to 2018. 

Here are a few tips to help prevent grain entrapment:

  1. Keep grain bins off-limits to children and unauthorized personnel.
  2. Never work alone around grain bins (preferably groups of 3).
  3. Never enter a bin of flowing grain. 
  4. Lockout power supply on all unloading mechanisms. 
  5. Manage and monitor stored grain quality. 

Please visit for more information on grain bin safety. 

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