Grain Silo Accidents Increased in 2016; Protection Is Critical

Grain silos are hazardous places to work and so implementing the right agricultural and industrial safety equipment is critical. Last year, for example, there were 29 grain entrapment incidents – about 21 percent more cases than the 24 incidents in 2015, according to Purdue University’s annual survey of grain handling accidents.

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Eighteen people died from entrapment in 2016, up from 14 the previous year, the survey found.

Although entrapment numbers increased in 2016, the five-year average actually declined slightly, from 30.2 in 2015 to 29.4 in 2016, according to the report. The recent high for entrapment cases and deaths was in 2010, when 31 people died and 59 incidents occurred, past Purdue reports revealed.

But entrapments aren’t the only hazard in grain silos. In 2016, Purdue researchers found another 42 grain-related incidents that resulted in the deaths of 22 people from incidents including entanglement with machinery, asphyxiation and falls.

Purdue found that more than 900 cases of grain engulfment have been reported in the past 50 years, with a fatality rate of 62 percent.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) grain handling rule (29 C.F.R. 1910.272) generally defines silos as confined spaces, requiring workers lowered into a silo to be tethered an escape system and to have an observer watching. The rule also says people shouldn’t enter a silo if machinery is running and it is possible to snag a worker’s foot or arm.

Do you have the proper safety equipment in place to protect your workers when they enter a silo? KC Supply Co. can help you find agricultural and industrial safety equipment that fits your work environment needs.

To be prepared for a life-threatening accident or situation, KC Supply Co. offers a solution to reduce considerably the time required to remove grain. Every second counts during a rescue, so the KC Supply Red Rescue Auger is a one-of-a-kind tool engineered specifically to aid in grain engulfment rescues.

Another solution from KC Supply Co. is the Great Stepped Silver Wall for Grain Entrapment Rescue V4.0. It combines the strengths of two of the best designs to offer the ultimate adaptable entrapment rescue device. External steps provide leverage for inserting panels, while internal steps allow first responders to access the trapped worker and provide first aid.

There is nothing more critical than keeping your employees safe. KC Supply Co. offers an expansive collection of agricultural and industrial safety equipment. We carry everything you need to ensure a safe working environment, including fall protection equipment, gas monitors, grain entrapment rescue devices, PPE, respirators, proper lighting, signs, locks, and emergency and rescue equipment.

Call KC Supply Co. today and ask us what products you need to keep your workers safe.

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Are You in Compliance with OSHA’s Slip, Trip and Fall Revisions?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slips, trips and falls cause the majority of general industry workplace accidents and cost employers billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and business. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) statistics show that about 20% of all disabling occupational injuries result from falls (202,066 serious accidents a year).

For these reasons, OSHA revised its slips, trips and falls regulation under Subpart D, “Walking-Working Surfaces.” The requirements apply to all general industry workplaces and all walking and work surfaces, including but not limited to: floors, aisles, ladders, roofs, ramps, stairways, scaffolds and elevated work surfaces and walkways.

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Under the new rules, effective January 2017, employers are required to:

  •  Identify and evaluate slip, trip and fall hazards and provide appropriate personal protective equipment
  •  Conduct regular and periodic inspections and maintenance of all walking and work surfaces in their workplace
  • Provide training that enables employees to recognize the hazards of falling and the procedures to be followed to minimize these hazards.

OSHA expects the requirements to affect seven million employers and 112 million employees. The revisions will prevent 29 fatalities and 5,842 injuries each year, according to OSHA’s estimates.

OSHA believes that the new requirements give employers the necessary flexibility to decide which fall protection method or system works best for the work operation. General industry employers can now use guardrails and handrails, covers, personal fall protection, designated areas, safety net systems and safety gates that meet OSHA regulations. For employees, OSHA said these options will help provide more effective and necessary protection from falls.

Are you in compliance with the new rules? If not, or if you’re not sure, call the experts at KC Supply Co. at 800.527.8775. KC Supply Co. can help you select the appropriate safety gates that meet OSHA regulations for your workplace needs, for ladderway openings, stairway openings, equipment access ladders, scaffolding, mezzanines, working platforms and more. KC Supply Co. is your source for safety gates that meet OSHA regulations and other critical workplace safety gear.

For more about OSHA’s revisions to Subpart D, visit

Final Rule to Update General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards | Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Final Rule to Update General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards

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KC Supplicicles 2016 – Making A Difference One Polar Plunge At A Time!

Its that time of the year again!

KC Supply has once again teamed up with the Special Olympics of Kansas in hopes of raising money through the Polar Plunge and Strut. An event, unlike any other, has participants prove their bravery as they take a bone-chilling plunge with a warm giving heart into the Shawnee Mission Park Pond this January 30th. Warm tents will line the sides as onlookers enjoy the humorous good cause which will raise money for an incredible organization, the Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS).

SOKS annually serves over 5,489 children and adults with intellectual disabilities through a grass-roots network of volunteers who serve as coaches and organize local events in one or more of the 22 different sports offered throughout the year. SOKS does not receive governmental funding and is not a United Way agency, but relies solely on the generosity of individuals and corporate donors.

Without hesitation, KC Supply will be showing their support by participating under the name, The KC Supplicicles this 2016 Polar Plunge.

Happy Holidays!

The KC Supply Team

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Check out the 2015 Winners of “Nominate Your Fire Department Contest”

KC Supply is proud to support the second annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest by donating one of their many signature Aluminum Yellow Rescue Tubes which were awarded by Nationwide and National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) to a variety of well-deserved Fire Departments. This contest started in 2014 when Nationwide awarded the fire department of Westphalia, KS.

Best wishes for a safe 2016!

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