Pointe Coupee Electric provides electrical safety tips around grain elevators

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

NEW ROADS - Working around grain bins creates hazards that are often overlooked by even the most seasoned farm hands. Always keep these safety tips in mind:

Entrapment can happen in a second when dealing with grain, which often is compared to quick sand. This is the leading cause of death in storage bins.

• Do not enter grain bins during active loading and unloading times.

• Never work alone.

• Make sure to wear proper safety equipment.

When grain dust accumulates, it can sometimes create the right conditions to spark a fire. These fires are difficult to stop and usually end with a large explosion.

• Be sure your ventilation system is working properly.

• Clean regularly to keep grain dust accumulations to a minimum.

• Do not smoke or ignite any other open flames while in the grain bin.

Mold, fungi, and chemical fumes from decayed grains can create a deadly atmosphere.

• Store fully dried grain at the proper moisture.

• Wear a mask or filter respirator to limit the amount of direct contact to the fumes.

• Try to keep animal and insect infestations to a minimum.

Machines also pose deadly risks, including amputation, entanglement, and electrocution.

• Do not operate these machines while inside the bins.

• Ensure that all equipment is properly guarded.

• Be on the lookout for overhead power lines.

• Check for frayed cables.

• Always wear safety belts or some form of protection.

And Remember: When loading and unloading grain bins, be aware of electrical power lines! In every situation, think safety first. Always keep your equipment and tools away from power lines.

Pointe Coupee Electric is your electric cooperative serving parts of Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes for 75 years.