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Oxygen Limiting Silos Responder Safety Reminder

On Monday, July 18, 2016, there was a successful rescue from an oxygen limiting silo (Harvestore) in Lancaster County PA .

Photo courtesy of 3rd Alarm Photography

Photo courtesy of 3rd Alarm Photography

While the information on that specific incident is still being put together into a usable format, it is a good reminder to review emergency response procedures for these structures.  It’s the time of the year when these things are getting filled.  While any silo can be dangerous, the oxygen limiting silos are of special concern.  And the Harvestore brand is just one type of these silos – there are many other oxygen limiting silos.

The following links serve as a reminder to everyone of what can happen with oxygen limiting silos. Everyone please take a few moments and review these reports and think about how your agency/business would handle such a scenario:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/face/stateface/wa/03wa038.html

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/pdfs/face8549.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200332.html

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201014.html

You may want to consider having a table top (or tail board) discussion on how to approach each of these scenarios.  At the same time, talk to your farm community about proper safety procedures when working around them as well.  (Makes for good public relations!)

You are welcome to share this post with anyone who would find it of interest.  Any questions, feel free to contact me.

Thanks and keep it safe!