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Wisconsin agricultural industry, OSHA form alliance to improve safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced it is now working with the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association (WABA) in order to address the most dangerous hazards currently found in the state's agricultural sector.

The six most dangerous areas are outlined in OSHA's Local Emphasis Program for Grain Handling Facilities, and include engulfment, falls, auger entanglement, "struck-by," combustible dust, and electrocution hazards.

"This alliance is an opportunity for OSHA and the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association to work together to train employers and workers about the unique hazards of the grain and feed industry," said Kim Stille, OSHA's area director in Madison. "We will continue to improve the safety and health of workers on Wisconsin farms."

OSHA will work with WABA to provide workers with appropriate information and guidance needed to protect employees from occupational dangers. The major focus will be to promote proper machine guarding, lockout tagout, and confined space procedures in the agricultural sector.

Protect employees from the dangers associated with grain handling by providing the appropriate safety products, including fall protection and respiratory protection

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