Farm Safety

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2019 Statistics

    • 38 grain entrapment incidents were reported in 14 states (27% increase from 2018).  61% of those were fatal.  Many more incidents remain unreported each year. (Source:  Purdue University)
    • 82% of all grain entrapment cases occurred in the Midwest, or Corn Belt.
    • All documented 2019 cases involved males.
    • The average age was 43.4 years old.

Did you know?

    • In 4 seconds, an adult can sink knee-deep in the suction of flowing grain. At this point, he or she can’t free themself without help. (Source:  Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health)
    • Suffocation from engulfment is a leading cause of death in grain bins. (Source:  OSHA)
    • Flowing grain behaves like quicksand. An adult can be completely buried (engulfed) in 20 seconds. Most engulfed victims do not survive. (Source:  Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health)
    • From 2010 to 2019, there were 330 grain entrapment incidents reported.  47.6% of those were fatal. (Source:  Purdue University)
    • Most entrapment and engulfment events occur because workers enter a bin or storage structure to check on condition of grain or to address problems with grain flow due to spoiled grain or equipment malfunction. (Source:  Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health)
    • Around 80% of reported engulfments involve a person inside a bin or storage structure when grain-unloading equipment is running. Engulfments in flowing grain also occur in outdoor grain storage piles, grain wagons, rail cars, and semi-trailers that unload from the bottom. (Source:  Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health)
    • The best ways to prevent engulfment incidents are to eliminate the reasons for entering a bin in the first place, and to restrict unauthorized access by youth or other individuals who may be unaware of hazards. (Source:  Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health)


Call Before You Dig – Dial 811 

Farmers need to be aware of critical underground utility facilities, such as rural water, fiber optic, electric, pipeline and high-pressure gas distribution systems, on their property. Utilities can be buried at various depths beneath farm fields.  Projects such as tile plowing, building waterways and setting posts require a call to JULIE.

Protect yourself, your farm, your family and your community.  Striking a single buried utility can result in high repair cost, immense property and environmental damage, injury and most importantly, loss of lives.

A call to “811” is the simplest way to prevent loss of life and damage to underground utilities. You owe it to your family, your farm and your neighbors to dig safely. Do not assume that you know what is underground in the area you are digging.  Do not make a judgment call. Make a free phone call – to 811 – before every digging project.

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5 Steps to safer digging

  1. Pre-mark the dig site with white paint or flags
  2. Call JULIE at 8-1-1 or go online to submit your own locate request before you dig
  3. Wait the required amount of time (two business days)
  4. Respect the marks
  5. Dig with care

When farmers call either 8-1-1 or 800-892-0123, they will speak with a JULIE Call Center Agent who will take the location and description of the project site and notify affected member facility owners and operators.  These members will then send a professional locator to mark the approximate location of their underground utility lines with small flags, markings or paint at no cost. (JULIE personnel do not perform locating or marking services).

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

Living in Illinois, a weather or farm emergency could be just around the corner.  It's important to prepare an emergency and/or disaster preparedness plan.  Your plan should be communicated to all family members and farm workers to ensure 

As you prepare your plan, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in your network can assist.  Use one of the following communication plans to get you started:

Family Communication Plan
Farm Communication Plan