When it comes to working safely in a silo, there are certain regulations/procedures that have to be followed.
1. Never enter a silo unless you have to.
2. If it’s necessary to enter a silo then a warning notice of potential dangers should be placed next to the entry point.
3. Never enter a silo before turning off and isolating the auger.
4. Make sure no one can start an auger while someone is inside.
5. Always stay on the ladder above the level of compacted or bridged grain you are dislodging.
Working in confined spaces can potentially increase the risk of injury from noise, fumes, gases, high or low temperatures, manual handling and slips, trips and falls. Storage tanks, silos, field bins, wet and dry wells, vehicle service pits, manure and silage pits are just some of the examples of confined spaces anyone working on a farm or a rural workplace could expect to work in. Therefore, if you are working in a confined space, then you must always follow the right procedures:
6. Always place a person on stand-by outside the confined space to talk to anyone in the confined space and implement emergency procedures if required. This will provide personal protection and reassurance, rescue, first-aid and fire suppression equipment and training for all workers who enter the space in question.
7. Safety harnesses and safety or rescue lines should always be supplied where there is a danger of falling during the ascent or descent to accessing the confined space.
8. Signage should be put in place to highlight the fact that entry into the silo is only permitted after signing an entry permit, providing that the area is safe and well ventilated.
There are also certain safety procedures in place that should be followed in the event of an incident or emergency.
9. If you become trapped by grain, don’t panic or the grain will pack even tighter around you. Shield your face and chest with your arms and clothing in order to create a suitable breathing space.
10. Empty the bin as quickly as possible by opening any side outlet then cutting flaps in the cone or walls all around the base using power tools.
Each company have their own individual rules and requirements when it comes to working safely in a silo, due to the fact that every silo is different and is used for various purposes.