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August 16, 2013
The dangers of grain bin accidents are a serious threat for numerous farmers in Ohio and around the country. In fact, data indicates 26 individuals lost their lives to grain bin accidents in 2010. Furthermore, three workers have suffered Ohio Catastrophic Injuries as a result of accidents with grain bins so far this year.
In an effort to help reduce the number of these accidents, as well as associated deaths and injuries, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has released a list of several safety tips for those working near such equipment to follow.
According to an article released by EHS Today, the most important thing for workers to remember is to never enter a grain bin unless there is no other option. If a grain bin must be entered, all power to equipment, especially anything used to move grain, should be cut. Gases inside the bin should be tested for safety prior to entering as well.
Workers should also avoid walking on grain to create movement. Rescue and safety equipment should be provided by an employer and used every time a grain bin is entered. Workers should also receive safety training before entering a grain bin.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy are hopeful these tips are effective in helping to prevent a serious workplace accidents caused by a mishap involving a grain bin.
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