Governor Walz proclaimed this week as Grain Bin Safety Week to draw attention to the rising incidence rates of accidents and deaths in and around grain bins.

Ten people have died in farming-related accidents in Minnesota since June 2019. Grain bin accidents can occur in and around grain storage bins especially when grain is flowing, resulting in entrapment or suffocation. Data from the University of Purdue shows 307 reported cases of grain entrapment between 2007 and 2015.