ST. PAUL (KMHL) – This week is Grain Bin Safety Week in Minnesota.
Gov. Tim Walz announced the declaration over the weekend to draw attention to the rising number of accidents and fatalities that have been occurring in and around grain bins.
State officials say 10 people have died in farming-related accidents since June in and around grain bins.
“I grieve with the Minnesota families who have lost loved ones in these terrible accidents,” said Walz. “Farming is one of the most dangerous professions in the United States, but through awareness and education, we can work together to decrease the number of preventable accidents, injuries and deaths.”
The governor says he grieves with the families who have lost loved ones – but hopes to work together to decrease the number of accidents, injuries and deaths.
Data from the University of Purdue shows 307 reported cases of grain entrapment between 2007 and 2015.