On November 8, 2017, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it had cited a Nebraska grain-handling cooperative for failing to protect workers from engulfment hazard and grain bin entrapment. OSHA has proposed penalties totaling $373,911. On May 4, 2017, OSHA received reports of a worker becoming partially entrapped in a grain bin.
OSHA responded and investigators found that the worker entered the bin to remove clumps of soybeans. At the time, the auger was still running. Once the beans were cleared, the grain shifted and the worker was knocked off of his feet. Then, the auger drew the beans to the bottom of the bin and the worker became engulfed up to his chest.
As a result of the incident, OSHA cited the cooperative for two willful, four serious and one repeat safety violations. The company was also placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. More details can be found here.