Purdue University's 2016 annual report on agricultural confined space-related injuries and fatalities documented 29 grain-bin entrapments (both fatal and nonfatal), which was up from 24 in 2015. But the report says the real figures are probably much higher: "Currently, over two-thirds of grain storage capacity in the U.S. is found on farms that are exempt from the current OSHA injury-reporting requirement standards."
|Bars show number of annual grain entrapment cases between 2006 and 2016; |
line shows five-year average. click on the graph to enlarge it. (Purdue graphic)