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Silo Safety Tips

A silo is an important fixture on many farms in the United States. They require specific safety procedures and precautions due to their hazardous nature.

What is a Silo?

Silos are a tower structure used on farms. The agricultural industry uses them for bulk storage of grains, corn, food products, feed and more. Their massive size allows for storage of hundreds or thousands of pounds of food. When working with anything of that size or weight, safety must come first! 

What are Some of the Risks Associated with Silos?

Unfortunately, every year hundreds of people die or are injured from accidents involving silos. Some examples include:

  • Engulfment
  • Electrocution
  • Falling
  • Silo gas inhalation

OSHA and Silos

Some silos qualify as “Confined Spaces” per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) definition. Be sure to find out whether your silo falls under this category. If it does, you must follow OSHA guidelines and provide the proper safety equipment for employees.

Silo Safety Tips for Farmers

As an agricultural business owner, it is your responsibility to understand the risks and regulations associated with silos. You may find these safety tips helpful when evaluating your situation.

Entering a Silo

  • Only enter a silo when absolutely necessary.
  • Always have three people. One person to perform work inside, another to monitor the worker, and a third to call for help if needed.
  • Be sure to strap up with a rope and harness before entering, don’t solely rely on ladders.
  • If you find yourself trapped inside, keep moving and try to swim through the product to get to a ladder.
  • When entering an empty silo, use an oxygen-supplying respirator. Fermented feeds can create nitrogen and carbon dioxide that displaces oxygen. 

Additional Silo Tips

  • Keep silos locked and barricaded to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Never allow people inside or near the silo when it is being loaded or unloaded.
  • Ladders up the side of the silo should be at least 7 feet off the ground and kept in good condition.
  • Don’t keep portable ladders used to access the silo in the immediate area

Agribusiness & Farm Insurance

We hope these tips will help when evaluating your silo safety. Having a quality farm insurance policy is another way to protect your farm and livelihood. Ianniello Insurance Agency is an IRMI certified Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist. We would be happy to help you establish a policy that meets the individual needs of your farm. Contact us today to discuss your needs further.

About Ianniello Insurance Agency

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