Top 6 Ways to Keep Your Employees Safe in the Grain Handling Industry

Katy Sabo
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Valuing your worker’s safety and well-being are ideas that most can agree on being crucial for company success within dangerous industries such as Grain Handling. Part of my job is updating our Twitter Feed and keeping an eye out for industry news via shared stories and retweets by some of the most credible sources in the material handling industries. Recently, I have been seeing numerous stories about grain entrapment accidents and can’t help but wonder, why does this keep occurring when preventive measures are available? Safety and Health Topics on OSHA’s website can prove to be rather helpful and a great reference to industry procedures, so I started there in my quest to compile this list.

  1. Provide Proper Dust Collection Equipment Within Your Facilities – Did you know that over the past 35 years, there have been over 500 explosions within Grain Handling Facilities across the U.S. and have killed more than 180 people? This piece of equipment comes in a variety of designs which allows for you to choose the best option for your facility (Manufacturers such as Aerodyne can provide help here) . Applying vibration to your dust collector can offer the proper dust dislodging technique to help provide better safety for your crew. We too, have many vibratory solutions that can help with proper upkeep of dust collection equipment.     
  2. Properly Choose Location of Your Dust Collection Equipment – All filter collectors that have been installed after March 1988, should be located outside of your facility. This will help to reduce explosion hazards. If your piece of equipment is located within your facility, it should be protected by an explosion suppression system.
  3. Utilize Proper Vibratory Equipment for Grain Storage Bins – Suffocation is the leading cause of death in grain storage bins. It takes 5 seconds or less for a worker to be completely engulfed while they are trying to unclog the “bridged” grain. The behavior and weight of the grain creates a quicksand-like rotation, making extremely difficult for a worker to escape without assistance in many cases. Using an Air Piston Vibrator, such as Cleveland Vibrator’s VMSAC or SI Single impactor, on the sides of your storage bin can help reduce the need for bin/hopper entry.
  4. Power Down Any Excess Equipment Pieces Associated with Bin – Whether it be pneumatic, electric, hydraulic, or mechanical, any piece of equipment that is moving grain heightens the chances of engulfments since it could create a suction of the material pulling your worker into the grain in the matter of seconds.
  5. Provide All Employees with a Safety Harness – This harness should be connected to a lifeline and employees must wear this harness when the need to enter a bin should arise.
  6. Implement Preventive Maintenance Programs – Be sure to regularly schedule inspections of your mechanical and safety control pieces of equipment. When it comes to your Vibratory Equipment, Cleveland Vibrator can provide field tips and also evaluate your vibratory drives or equipment. You can learn more from Glen Roberts, our Senior Expert in Vibratory Units who has explained in recent blogs the importance of Vibratory Unit upkeep. This measure helps to maintain the highest level of safety precautions if utilized properly. Using equipment that is not up-to-date with current safety codes can prove to be a critical mistake which makes the odds of an accident greater within your facility.

For more information on this subject, visit OSHA’s web page to stay up-to-date with the latest protocols in your industry. Looking to learn more about what Industrial Vibration can do for you? Click here to see it’s different applications or contact us!

 

 

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Katy Sabo

Katy Sabo

Marketing Communications Manager at The Cleveland Vibrator Company
Katy Sabo began her journey into the world of Industrial Vibration over three years ago here at Cleveland Vibrator after receiving her B.A. Degree from The University of Akron. She is the voice behind every status/post/share across all of Cleveland Vibrator's social media sites and has taken the reigns over all other aspects of CVC's Marketing strategies. When Katy isn't spreading Vibration Education you can usually find her at a Cleveland sporting event enjoying a craft brew, in the gym pumping iron or participating in a dance party anywhere there's music playing. Snuggling with her husband, daughter and chocolate lab pup while binge-watching Netflix is one of her favorite pastimes. Until next time Movers & Shakers, #ShakeOn!
2 Responses to Top 6 Ways to Keep Your Employees Safe in the Grain Handling Industry
  1. Scott Reply

    I like that you point out that it it important to have safety harness for all the employees. I can see why it would be important to have extra in case one breaks. It seems like it would be a good idea to have some kind of training on how to handle the grain. This could include anything from transporting it to loading it.

    • Katy Sabo

      Katy Sabo Reply

      You can never be too safe in my book! Safety harnesses save lives daily, and most times is an underrated part of the safety procedures. The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) offers MANY training sessions dealing with Feed & Grain Handling Industry education, a large part of their education is stressing the importance of safety. You can learn more about these sessions on their website: http://www.geaps.com/

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