The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working with The Ohio State University to improve safety and reduce injuries in grain-processing facilities across the country, according to Crop Life. OSHA launched an initiative, Local Emphasis Program for Grain Handling Facilities, to focus on injuries and accidents unique to the grain processing industry. OSHA has worked with Ohio State in the past to develop its grain safety training sessions.
“OSHA is working hard to change the ‘it won’t happen to me’ mindset,” said Nick Walters, a regional manager for OSHA. “Grain handling injuries and deaths can be prevented if employers follow proper safety procedures.”
Grain processing accidents strike close to home for workers at these many facilities throughout Ohio. At least 26 workers were killed in grain accidents in 2012—the highest death total recorded in one year.
“OSHA is working together with the grain and agriculture industries and the agricultural community to train employers and workers about the unique hazards of the grain and feed industry,” said Walters. “Through training, decals, brochures, websites and other means of information communication, we will continue to work to improve awareness of these hazards and the safety and health of workers on Ohio farms and in grain handling facilities. We are committed to preventing the injuries and deaths that have been too frequent in the industry in recent years.”
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