Here in Pennsylvania, we are fortunate to be home to a large number of successful and long-standing farming operations. And yet, many people are unaware of the particular dangers that farming can pose to workers. Heavy machinery and sharp, fast moving implements, for example, can cause serious or permanent damage. One of the most unusual -- yet deadly -- dangers on a farm is the threat posed by grain silos.
When a farm's silo fails, thousands of pounds of produce can fall upon nearby workers, burying them under a solid mass of immovable corn. In these situations, death by suffocation is almost inevitable.