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Grain industry and OSHA partner to improve worker safety

Wheat, corn, barley and oats served in West Virginia must go through processing and transport to reach consumers. The large facilities that store and process grain present significant risks to workers, and industry leaders are working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to promote safety. A primary risk to workers involves grain engulfment, which buries people in fast moving grain and quickly suffocates them.

A collaboration of the National Grain and Feed Association, the American Feed Industry Association and the Grain Elevator and Processing Society with federal and regional regulators has created a consistent safety message for employers to communicate to their workers. To prevent engulfment injuries and death, OSHA regulations bar workers from entering grain bins when any equipment is running. Workers must not walk on grain piles to get them flowing. When a bin must be entered, workers must wear body harnesses with lifelines so that they can be rescued if grain collapses and buries them.

Grain industry stakeholders have acknowledged that some issues impede safety messages. Old processing facilities might need workers to enter bins when problems arise. Modern processing equipment, however, is designed to eliminate the need for people to enter dangerous zones. Production deadlines might also prompt people to ignore safety measures in an effort to save time.

Whether a work injury results from a negligent action or bad luck, an employee has a right to collect workers compensation benefits. In some cases, a person might want legal advice when pursuing benefits, especially if an employer conceals information about the insurance or the insurer denies a claim. An attorney may be able to identify insurance coverage, connect the worker with an independent medical evaluation and file a lawsuit when necessary to pressure an insurer into paying for medical care and lost pay.

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