Grain-related entrapment increased in 2014 – report

A report from Purdue University has revealed that the number of grain-related entrapments in the U.S. rose by 15% in 2014 compared with the year earlier, Safety + Health reported on June 3.

According to the report, 38 grain entrapments have been reported in 2014, which is higher than the 33 recorded in 2013. On the other hand, fatalities arising from such incidents increased from 13 in 2013 to 17 in 2014. The majority of grain entrapments happened in Midwest states, including Illinois.

In an interview, Purdue professor of agricultural health and safety Bill Field said young, inexperienced workers are at the highest risk of grain entrapments, as they may not yet understand when they are in a risky situation.

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