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A disturbing trend - U.S. Grain Entrapments on the Increase

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Resource Magazine. 17(4): 10-11. (doi: 10.13031/2013.31919) @2010
Authors:   Matt Roberts and Bill Field
Keywords:   Entrapment, Grain, Safety

Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program has been documenting grain entrapment cases since 1978. These cases include fatal engulfments as well as partial entrapments that required assistance in order for the victim to be extricated. In addition, nearly 800 fatal and non-fatal grain entrapment cases have been documented and entered into a national grain entrapment database, with the earliest case dating back to 1964. This article summarizes the reported grain entrapment cases documented during 2009, with some observations concerning the increasing frequency of these events.

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