Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed the week of February 16th as Grain Bin Safety Week to raise awareness of the rising accidents and deaths related to grain bins.
Grain bin accidents can happen in and around grain storage bins especially when grain is flowing and can result in entrapment or suffocation.
“I grieve with the Minnesota families who have lost loved ones in these terrible accidents,” said Governor Walz. “Farming is one of the most dangerous professions in the United States but through awareness and education we can work together to decrease the number of preventable accidents, injuries and deaths.”
According to a release 10 people have died in farming related accidents in Minnesota since June 2019. And data from the University of Purdue shows 307 reported cases of grain entrapment between 2007 and 2015.