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Grain Safety Training Teaches That Safety Should Be Second Nature

Date Posted: September 13, 2013


Armed with training modules, PowerPoint presentations, videos, and a thorough knowledge of the diverse safety practices in the grain industry, two dozen safety directors and specialists attended the initial Train the Trainer program, and OSHA-grant-funded seminar, held by the Grain Handling Safety Coalition (GHSC) Sept. 10-11 at the Asmark Institute in Bloomington, IL.

GSHC is a collaboration of 26 organizations, led by Dr. Robert Aherin of the University of Illinois and Catherine Rylatt, Hurst, TX, who lost a nephew in an October 2010 grain bin engulfment mishap at Mt. Carroll, IL.

“Grain handling employees are being provided with safety equipment, but how do we get them to be proactive in using it,” Rylatt asked rhetorically. “The industry has had a hard time taking the next step, teaching workers that safety has to be second nature to them.”

University of Iowa Safety Specialist LeMarr Grafft conducted training sessions on bin entry and confined space. He said the single most important part of observing bin entry regulations is compliance with lockout/tagout rules.

Brian Grimm, Bartlett Grain Co. safety director, was one of the two dozen attendees. He said he attended in order to obtain new materials to teach his coworkers and get industry clarification on issues posed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Eighteen of the 28 attendees represented commercial grain companies. Other attendees were from universities, government, associations, or grain industry suppliers.

(Find out what they learned in the Sept/Oct issue of Grain Journal.)

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