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Opening Workshop: Why Are They Still Entering Grain Bins? @ Convention Center - 290
Mar 10 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

No matter how well you are prepared, entering a grain bin is a risk. Take it from a survivor, who will share a first-hand account of how fast a grain bin entrapment can happen. This in-depth workshop examines why entrapments occur and how to prevent them.  The discussion also covers new technology, equipment, trends, procedures and safety equipment to use when grain bin entry is necessary.

This session will help make your facility safer.

Presented by:

Carol Jones, Professor and Buchanan Chair, Oklahoma State University

Jeff Decker, President, Decker Consulting & Investigations

Best Practices for Contractor Prequalification @ Convention Center - 295
Mar 11 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am

When a contractor or vendor enters your facility, it’s important to understand the risks and liability associated with their presence. Identifying your priorities for evaluating contractors and verifying necessary information can be extremely time consuming and labor intensive. Learn from best practices implemented by one of the largest companies in the world.

This workshop features the Cargill, Inc. case study about contractor pre-qualification.

Presented by:

Jeff Decker, President, Decker Consulting and Investigations

Everything You Need to Know about Controlling Hazardous Energy: OSHA 1910.147 @ Convention Center - 290
Mar 11 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am

Do you have an effective energy control program?

This session covers common energy sources found in grain handling facilities and the causes of lockout tagout-related injuries and fatalities. Learn about situations where lockout tagout applies and misconceptions associated with this standard. In addition, the discussion will help you create an effective energy control program that includes equipment-specific procedures, training, and periodic inspections.

This session may help you prevent grain handling injuries and fatalities.

Presented by:

Joe Mylnek, Safety Consultant, Progressive Safety Services, LLC

Expo Pod 1: Open Belt Conveying Safety @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Properly working conveyors are one of the best productivity-enhancing tools available. But entrapment in nip points, abrasions, burns and pinch zones can create damage by shearing and crushing that cause injuries. The right training, preparation, and safety precautions can help. This presentation offers five strategies to keep workers safe around belt conveyors.

Learn the likelihood and the cost of accidents. Examine case studies and real-life examples of conveyor injuries, and discuss how they can be avoided. Included is a link for a free download of Martin Engineering’s current conveyor safety publication.

Presented by:

Jerad Heitzler, Program Manager/Lead Instructor, Martin Engineering

Expo Pod 2: Enclosed Belt Conveyor Installation and Operation @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Grain facilities continue to increase how fast they handle product, from truck receiving to rail and barge loadout. Enclosed belt conveyors help control dust emissions and spillage, reload product back onto the belt, and are an industry standard.

This session identifies installation considerations necessary to successfully operate this specialized equipment. Learn about required clearances around equipment, proper belt loading and tensions, and access for maintenance. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of enclosed belt conveyors and how to gain the best possible performance.

Presented by:

Mike Spillum, Sales and Marketing Manager, Hi Roller Conveyors

Expo Pod 3: Explosion Protection Designed Specifically for Bucket Elevators @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

One of the greatest threats to any grain operation is an explosion. A dust or vapor cloud ignition can destroy primary equipment, spread to interconnected machinery or into the plant, and cause secondary explosions. Fortunately, there are proven ways to prevent this threat.

This presentation covers how explosions initiate and propagate and the types of processes and equipment most commonly exposed to deflagrations. Options are available for protecting bucket elevators from explosions from either the inside or outside. Finally, understand explosion vents, detection technology, and many other approaches.

Presented by:

Rob Markle, Regional Territory Manager, IEP Technologies

Expo Pod 1: Hazard Monitoring Systems: Testing and Verification @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

You can install the best monitoring equipment, but if it’s not tested, it might not prevent potentially explosive situations. Material handling equipment such as bucket elevators and conveyors can create dust hazard conditions. Monitoring this equipment can prevent malfunctions resulting in serious injuries or death, damage, and loss of revenue. Thorough system testing of the sensors and controllers is important.

A live working bucket elevator will demonstrate functional testing methods and verification of sensor and controller operation. Learn about a remote monitoring website to record test results. You can even try out the testing tools.

Presented by:

Anthony Leali, Business Development Manager-Electronic Products, 4B Components, Ltd.

Expo Pod 2: Bucket Elevator Safety @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Bucket Elevators are the most common location of primary explosions in the grain industry. In this pod session we will explain common bucket elevator safety issues and how to ensure safe, smooth and efficient operation. We will discuss proper installation and alignment of a bucket elevator. We will review routine maintenance and inspection procedures of key components. Finally, this session will cover safety aspects of conveyor belts, lagging, tail and head pulleys and hazard monitoring rub blocks and bearing temperature sensors.

Presented by:

Ted Stephens, Sales, AGI/Union Iron

Expo Pod 3: Drag Conveyor Safety @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 11 @ 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

One of the most common pieces of operating machinery in a grain elevator or feed mill is the chain (drag) conveyor. When properly maintained, a chain conveyor will provide years of dependable and safe service. All external moving parts need to be properly guarded yet allow for inspection and maintenance. Chains need to be inspected and adjusted for the proper tension. One of the highest incidents of injury occurs when the chain is being “broken” for maintenance.

This session covers all of these aspects and details of safely operating and maintaining a chain (drag) conveyor.

Presented By:

Wade Spencer, Vice President of Sales, Bulk Conveyors Incorporated

The Importance of Price Risk Management to the Grain Merchandiser @ Convention Center - 293
Mar 12 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am

This interactive session helps all levels of grain elevator employees receive a comprehensive introduction to price risk management. Learn about your firm’s role in today’s challenging markets. How does your firm increase the grain flow and enhance margins, all while providing opportunities and service to your customers? This presentation features an overview of the Cash, Futures, Options and OTC markets along with specific risk management applications.

Participants will understand market concepts and the risks that your company and customers face, and you will be able to better communicate with those directly involved in the markets.

Presented by:

Richard Jelinek, Vice President Global Education, INTL FCStone

Expo Pod 3: Conveyor and Elevator Belting Best Practices @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

What do you need to know to keep your facility up and running at its peak performance? Conveyors and bucket elevators are the workhorse of many grain facilities. Even though they have been around for a long time, there are many commonly held beliefs that are being dispelled. An issue with a conveyor or bucket elevator can cause shut downs and costly delays.

This session provides insights and useful tools for keeping conveyors and elevators running their best.

Presented By:

Angela Field, General Manager, Applied Power Products, Inc.

Grain Entrapment Rescue Demo @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

For the first time, the Expo Hall includes a grain entrapment rescue demo. This interactive training will reinforce proper rescue techniques for grain entrapment, and help you build skills to keep yourself and co-workers safe.

Closing Workshop: ArcFlash – A Multi-Faceted Examination @ Convention Center - 290
Mar 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This exciting closing workshop always garners high interest and attendance.

During this session, industry experts discuss approaches to performing ArcFlash studies and the value and risks of each. Learn about what actually occurs during an ArcFlash and why it is so important to understand the associated risks and the required PPE. Listen to a first-hand story and picture of ArcFlash incident that occurred at a GEAPS member’s facilities.

This session is guaranteed to be informative and well worth your time.

Presented by:

Dave Marr, Retired Facility Manager, MAC Breckenridge

Eric Dorn, Project Manager, Faith Technologies, Inc.

Joe Schommer, Business Development Manager, Resa Power Service