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Grain Bins: A Complex Response Requiring a Complex Solution

By John K. MurphyAccording to the United States Department of Labor, the National Safety Council, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, agriculture is the most hazardous industry in the nation. Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries. Farming is one of the few industries in which farmers’ families (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries. During the last 15 years, 8,088 farmers and farm workers died from work-related injuries in the United States. The leading cause of death for these workers was tractor overturns, accounting for a...

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