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Non-Enclosed Manure Storage Tips

Injuries and fatalities occur in confined space manure storages that are enclosed, such as beneath animal quarters; or below-ground reception and pump out pits; and in non-enclosed earthen, synthetic or concrete lined manure storages. However, injuries can also occur with non-enclosed manure storages are open to the atmosphere but may meet the definition of a confined space in […]

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Silage Season Safety

With corn silage, you only get one shot to harvest for high quality.  Recognizing there is a tight window of time to get things harvested, one must take the time to harvest in a safe manner. Shortcuts and mistakes can be deadly. In Silage Season Safety: Pre-Season Preparation, UW- Madison Department of Biological Systems Engineering […]

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Hydrogen Sulfide Health Hazards

Since the early 1960s, nearly 150 people have died in the U.S. because of manure-related gas incidents in confined spaces (NCERA 2016). Of those cases, about half occurred on dairy operations. Almost 25% involved a young person under the age of 16. The most common activity at the time a person died was conducting repairs […]

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Reducing Risks from Manure Storage Agitation Gases

Since the early 1960s, nearly 150 people have died in the U.S. because of manure-related gas incidents in confined spaces (NCERA 2016). Of those cases, about half occurred on dairy operations. Almost 25% involved a young person under the age of 16. The most common activity at the time a person died was conducting repairs […]

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Notes From the Field

Notes from the Field: Death of a Farm Worker After Exposure to Manure Gas in an Open Air Environment — Wisconsin, August 2016 Nationally, farm “confined space” deaths (or injuries and close calls) are relatively common with 1,873 cases identified since 1964 in bins, silos, transport vehicles, and manure storage structures (NCERA 197, 2016).  Of […]

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