Series: Buried In Grain http://www.kunc.org en Grain Deaths Fall In 2012 But Industry Share Grows http://www.kunc.org/post/grain-deaths-fall-2012-industry-share-grows A new report from grain safety researchers at Purdue University says eight people died while trapped in grain last year, another steep drop from the record year of 2010, when 31 people lost their lives in grain bins and other grain storage facilities.<p>The continued decline in incidents since 2010 is credited to drier and smaller harvests since then. The grain stored in bins in 2010 was generally harvested wet and tended to spoil and clog. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:16:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 45480 at http://www.kunc.org Grain Deaths Fall In 2012 But Industry Share Grows New Federal Scrutiny In Wake Of NPR Grain Bin Reports http://www.kunc.org/post/new-federal-scrutiny-wake-npr-grain-bin-reports Congress, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Justice Department are beginning to respond to the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/174755100/buried-in-grain">NPR-Center for Public Integrity Series on hundreds of persistent and preventable deaths in grain storage bins</a> and weak enforcement by federal agencies.<p>Two federal officials familiar with the case say that the Justice Department is again considering criminal charges in the incident in Mt. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:24:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 42228 at http://www.kunc.org New Federal Scrutiny In Wake Of NPR Grain Bin Reports Finding Fault After Grain Elevator Explosions http://www.kunc.org/post/finding-fault-after-grain-elevator-explosions <p>When the Bartlett Grain Co. elevator exploded in Atchison, Kansas in October 2011, the town’s 11,000 residents knew it immediately. People who live miles away from the elevator still talk about pictures jumping off walls. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld & Harvest Public Media 42117 at http://www.kunc.org Finding Fault After Grain Elevator Explosions Fines Slashed In Grain Bin Entrapment Deaths http://www.kunc.org/post/fines-slashed-grain-bin-entrapment-deaths The night before he died, Wyatt Whitebread couldn't stand the thought of going back to the grain bins on the edge of Mount Carroll, Ill.<p>The mischievous and popular 14-year-old had been excited about his first real job, he told Lisa Jones, the mother of some of his closest friends, as she drove him home from a night out for pizza. But nearly two weeks later he told her he was tired of being sent into massive storage bins clogged with corn.<p>Jones choked back tears as she recalled the conversation. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:41:00 +0000 Howard Berkes 42058 at http://www.kunc.org Fines Slashed In Grain Bin Entrapment Deaths Should Grain Bins On Farms Be Regulated, Too? http://www.kunc.org/post/should-grain-bins-farms-be-regulated-too The commercial grain industry responded to a record number of grain entrapments and deaths in 2010 with more safety videos, publications and training programs.<p>"Have tragic incidents still happened? Yes," says Jeff Adkisson, who heads the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois. "Are we working to reduce them further? Absolutely."<p>Randy Gordon, president of the National Grain and Feed Association, sees no need for additional regulations. Sun, 24 Mar 2013 04:03:00 +0000 Howard Berkes & Jim Morris 42106 at http://www.kunc.org Should Grain Bins On Farms Be Regulated, Too?