SAFETY

Grain Bin’s Zero Entry Solution

Each year, the number of grain entrapment deaths rise. The agriculture community is taking measures to reduce that number by creating cost effective tools to aid in rescue. But what if you never entered the bin in the first place?

Technology on the farm means more than wider profit margins, data collection and labor reduction.
Today’s technology has the capacity to elevate safety.

BinManager is your next step to bin safety.

  • Zero-entry grain bin management: Never enter a full, partially full or filling the grain bin.
  • Real-time cable and sensor readings: No need to manually probe grain, data is captured and reported directly to the SureTrack dashboard.
  • Maintenance Free: BinManager requires no in-bin maintenance.

Whenever possible, don’t enter a grain bin.

The University of Illinois Extension Office suggests, if you must enter the bin, as a farm owner/operator you should:

  • Break up crusted grain from the outside of the bin with a long pole. When using a pole, check to see that it doesn’t come into contact with electric lines.
  • Wear a harness attached to a properly secured rope.
  • Stay near the outer wall of the bin and keep walking if the grain should start to flow. Get to the bin ladder or safety rope as quickly as possible.
  • Have another person, preferably two people, outside the bin who can help if you become entrapped.
  • Grain fines and dust may cause difficulty in breathing. Anyone working in a grain bin, especially for the purpose of cleaning the bin, should wear an appropriate dust filter or filter respirator.
  • Stay out of grain bins, wagons and grain trucks when unloading equipment is running.
  • If it is necessary to enter the bin, remember to shut off the power to augers and fans. It is a good idea to lock out any unloading equipment before you enter a bin to prevent someone from unintentionally starting the equipment while you are in the bin.
  • Do not allow children to play in or around grain bins, wagons or truck beds.
  • Install ladders inside the bin for an emergency exit. Painted stripes above or behind the ladder for easy location.