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OSHA Continues to Bear Down on the Grain Industry

Last week, the leaders of the grain industry in North Dakota gathered for their annual conference, this year the Centennial gathering of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association.  I had the opportunity to speak at the conference, and share some background about OSHA’s increasing focus on the grain handling industry, a review of grain handlers’ rights vis-a-vis OSHA, and some strategies and tips for preparing for and managing an OSHA inspection.

An audience member at the convention wrote two articles that provide some detail about my presentation.  The first article covers the increased enforcement activity and OSHA inspection rights and tips, and the second article reviews OSHA’s inconsistent and impractical enforcement stance regarding sweep augers inside of grain bins.