Since June of last year, there have been at least 10 grain bin-related deaths in Minnesota. A Star Tribune analysis in 2015 found that there were 19 grain bin-related deaths between 2004-2014, and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry found three grain bin-related deaths between 2010-2018 on farms with 10 or more workers.
The sharp increase in deaths has caught the attention of agricultural leaders in Minnesota and across the country. The US Secretary of Agriculture proclaimed February 16-22, 2020 as National Grain Bin Safety Week. Shortly after, Governor Walz proclaimed the same week as Grain Bin Safety Week in Minnesota.
As a result of the grain bin-related deaths, legislators have focused on ways to make safety a priority on the farm. Two bills looking to assist people in making their farms safer would provide education and make grants available for capital improvements to grain bins. (SF 3086) (SF 3007)