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Proper safety procedures can prevent grain-bin accidents, Nebraska groups say

Proper safety procedures can prevent grain-bin accidents, Nebraska groups say

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As Nebraska marks Grain Bin Safety Week, corn growers across the state are being urged to take steps to prevent work-related accidents.

The Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Corn Growers Association say they are emphasizing safe grain-handling measures during the safety week, which runs through Saturday.

Corn growers say their goal is to help prevent grain-related accidents by increasing awareness of grain-bin safety on farms and at commercial grain-handling facilities.

With proper safety procedures, grain-bin accidents can be prevented, officials said.

The two groups offered these safety tips when working with stored grain:

» Use inspection holes or grain-level markers, and use a pole from outside the bin to break up grain bridges.

» Enter a grain bin only if absolutely necessary.

» Use a body harness secured to the outside of the grain bin if entering a bin.

» Have two spotters watching while someone works inside a bin.

» Use hand signals to communicate.

The Nebraska Corn Board is a self-help program funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. The Nebraska Corn Growers Association is a grassroots commodity organization that works to enhance the profitability of corn producers.

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