Buried In Grain
Mar 24, 2013 — The persistence of grain bin entrapments and a horrific 2010 incident expose weaknesses in worker safety laws and enforcement. An NPR and Center for Public Integrity analysis has found that among 179 deaths since 1984, fines were reduced 60 percent of the time.
Mar 24, 2013 — When it comes to regulating worker safety for grain bins, OSHA only oversees the commercial industry. There's debate on whether that should also extend to private farms.
Mar 24, 2013 — In July 2010, two young employees died inside an Illinois grain bin after being sucked under a mountain of corn. These document detail the case and the safety violations federal regulators found.
Mar 27, 2013 — Nearly 500 farmers and workers have suffocated in grain storage bins in the past 40 years. The worst year on record was 2010, with 26 people dying. Hefty fines and criminal charges are possible for negligent employers. But NPR and The Center for Public Integrity found that enforcement is weak, even as workers continue to die.
Mar 27, 2013 — A series on worker deaths in grain bins continues with a trip inside a grain bin — stepping into thousands of bushels of corn — to demonstrate the power of corn and the safe grain bin entry methods that are required by law.
Mar 28, 2013 — Grain bin entrapments are so common that some rural fire departments have specially trained teams and customized equipment to rescue victims. When corn or grain trap workers, it is difficult to extract victims, and rescuers have very technical ways to proceed.
Mar 30, 2013 — NPR's Howard Berkes joins host Scott Simon for a look back at his reporting this week on the NPR series Buried In Grain. Berkes reviews the death toll from grain storage bins and the weak laws and enforcement that have failed to prevent these accidents.