In the U.S., there are more than 21 million Americans working in the agricultural industry to produce, process, and distribute the nation’s food. Grain handling has been a major party of the agricultural industry for years and continues today, with an emphasis on safety.
Nowadays it seems like every job, no matter the field, has its own inherent risks. But working with agricultural and irrigation equipment for grain handling and other tasks can be even more dangerous.
If you’re not safe while working, not only will your put your crops at risk, but you might even cause physical harm to yourself, other workers, or anyone else who might be in that area. That’s why being as careful as possible is absolutely crucial.
In South Dakota, after the tragic death of a 16-year-old boy, agricultural workers are focusing even more on safety to avoid this kind of tragedy from happening again.
According to Wisconsin State Farmer, Taylor Watzel, an FFA student from Winner, South Dakota, became trapped in a grain bin and died from his injuries the following day.
“Tragedies like this motivate safety people to work even harder,” said Marsha Salzwedel, M.S., Agricultural Youth Safety Specialist with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. “If we can get people to use these resources, we can prevent incidents like the one with Taylor from happening in the future.”
It’s important to remember to keep young children far away from any and all grain equipment at all times, but especially during operational hours when grain is being loaded, unloaded, and transferred; that’s when the dangers are most evident.
“The work guidelines can be used in supervised agricultural experiences or by anyone supervising young workers to determine if a youth is able to perform a job safely,” Salzwedel added. “When working with grain, adding the curriculum enhances youth safety. We want to educate youth about flowing grain hazards, but we also want the adults supervising the youth to make sure the young people are doing age appropriate work.”
Everyone, from inexperienced youth to agricultural professionals with decades of experience, should be extremely careful on these grain handling sites.
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