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|0708 PD: It’s dangerous in those bunkers|
|Friday, 25 April 2008 08:35|
A Pennsylvania farm worker was killed while taking a silage sample.
He was doing his normal sampling procedure by walking to the face of the silage pit and getting a sample for a nutritionist and salesperson. The silage face was even (no overhang or undercut). While getting the sample, the pit collapsed from the bottom, not the top, and engulfed the worker, resulting in his death. Apparently, a frozen chunk of silage came loose, allowing a large section of the face to collapse and bury the worker.
There are several hazards associated with a bunker silo, and not all are as obvious as some other types of farm hazards. Everyone who has to work around a bunker silo should be able to recognize the risks and apply good safety habits. Keep these hazards and practices in mind:
Reduce rollover risks
• Use heavy, wide-based ROPS equipment. Buckle the seat belt.
Reduce additional dump truck risks
• Avoid raising beds near overhead power lines. If overhead lines are located near a bunker silo, they should be buried.
Reduce risks of silage face collapse
• Use equipment that can reach to the top of the silage face to prevent undercutting.
—Excerpts from Penn State Agricultural Safety and Health News, Vol. 18, No. 2
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