Working Safely in a Grain Bin – #GBSW14

The cost factor – aside from the safety and health issues that go along with grain bins, cost is often a factor in the steps taken to prevent harm to yourself and those working around you. In some cases, buying the safety harness or sitting through a safety course would be cheaper than a $16 million settlement after two employee fatalities.

MOUNT CARROLL, Illinois — An Illinois jury has awarded $16 million to the families of two teenagers who died in a 2010 grain bin accident.

The Carroll County jury reached its judgment after a 13-day trial, awarding $8 million each to the families of 19-year-old Alejandro Pacas and 14-year-old Wyatt Whitebread.

The workers were in a Haasbach LLC grain bin to help the corn flow while machinery was running. The pair became trapped in corn more than 30 feet deep along with a third worker who was rescued after six hours.

Haasbach, which is now out of business, paid $200,000 in federal fines for more than two dozen violations. It also paid more than $68,000 for violating child labor laws.

The jury found Haasbach owner Consolidated Grain and Barge ultimately responsible for the deaths.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – Posted 2-7-14

Grain Safety Harness (IHSA, Canada)

Photo courtesy of IHSA, Canada

 

Use a harness and have at least three people present when entering or working around grain bins!

Visit www.grainbinsafetyweek.com for more information! #GBSW14

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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