OSHA Compliance

Since 1980, 60 Workers Killed in Grain Elevators in Kansas

Since 1980, 60 Workers Killed in Grain Elevators in Kansas
It has been disclosed that more than 680 workers have died at workplace in Kansans. View some accidents:

1. About one in 10 died when working at a grain elevator. Three painters who fell down from the top of an elevator in Jetmore in 1982. The height was 125 feet where the painters fell down and died on the spot.

2. Forty-eight workers died in elevators while doing jobs classified by OSHA as "grain and field bean" work. OSHA counts this work as the most dangerous job in Kansas.

3. The DeBruce explosion killed seven and injured 10 which was exploded in 1998. The accident made national headlines and resulted in a substantial OSHA fine.

Besides these, the other grain and field bean workers died in single-fatality accidents since 1980. And half of them were killed when they were engulfed by grain. Regarding this, Ron Hayes says, "It's just one of the most dangerous places in the world to work.” Ron Hayes had lost his 19 year old son while the son was buried by 60 tons corn in 1993 in a Florida grain bin. After that Ron Hayes become a workplace safety advocate. He says, “You've got all these electrical contacts, you've got all these gears and chains and belts. And then there's the dust. When you go into these bins and grain elevators, sometimes you can't even see. It's a white-out almost.”

Though the job in grain elevator does not seem to be dangerous at all, it has proved to be the dangerous one that takes many peoples live. OSHA has been looking for the protective measures that could be taken at the grain workplace so that the safety and the health of the workers maintained well. OSHA provides OSHA safety training that includes all the necessary information, rules and regulations and also safety measures to the workers. The safety trainings are available online also.

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