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Farm Bureau plans grain handling safety training

Published: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 3:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 3:03 p.m. CDT

The Illinois Farm Bureau and Grain Handling Safety Coalition are partnering to provide grain handling safety training for grain elevator employees, farmers, farm employees and commercial operators.

The training will be held from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center, 404 E. Third St., Kewanee.

The morning session will cover safe handling and storage of grain and fall protection. Handling and storage will introduce the six major hazards associated with grain handling, lock out/tag out, risk management principles and community pre-planning. Fall protection will look at height hazards and best practices to avoid falls and other accidents.

The afternoon session will cover grain bin entry and lifeline demonstration and entanglement hazards and guarding. Grain bin entry and lifeline will cover how to identify hazardous conditions before entering the grain bin and the best practices procedures to use when entering. The hazards and guarding course will provide an in-depth look at entanglement hazards associated with grain handling equipment, identification of hazards, abatement of hazards through proper guarding and lock out/tag out.

The training is made available through a grant given to the GHSC, and a partnership between the Bureau, Henry and Stark County Farm Bureaus. Professional CEUs are available through the University of Illinois. Registration is required by Feb. 18; seating is limited. For more information or to register, contact the Bureau County Farm Bureau at 815-875-6468,.

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