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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

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 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 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

Understanding and Preventing Severe Injuries and Fatalities (SIF) @ Convention Center - 290
Mar 11 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Despite declining injury rates, severe incidents and workplace fatalities (SIF) are on the rise. Understand ways to identify the precursors to SIF incidents, and discuss potential SIF incidents in the grain industry. Look at data using predictive analytics to expose where a company may have the most exposure to SIFs.

This session is a “must attend” for anyone working with safety, risk assessment, or injury prevention.

Presented by:


How Tired is Too Tired? How Fatigue is Impacting Your Business @ Convention Center - 291
Mar 12 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am

Fatigue is a factor in workplace productivity and increases the risk of employee incidents and injuries. One study found that 13% of workplace injuries were attributed to employees with sleep problems. Nearly every American worker reports at least one risk factor for fatigue, and almost half admit to being sleep deprived. Sleep deficiency and disorders cost a typical medium-sized employer $1 million a year in lost productivity, missed work days, and health care costs.

Identify causes of workplace fatigue, and implement best practices to reduce risk and decrease the financial burden of sleep-deprived employees.

Presented by:

Emily Whitcomb, Senior Program Manager, National Safety Council

Expo Pod 2: Pneumatic Conveying Safety @ Convention Center - Expo Hall
Mar 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

While pneumatic conveying systems do not have as many high-speed rotating safety concerns as bucket elevators, drag conveyors, belt conveyors, lifts, and other systems, they do have their own safety issues. Pressure and vacuum pneumatic conveying systems can include high-speed rotating shafts, low-speed airlock rotation, spreaders, vane feeders, and issues regarding airborne dust and high-pressure compressed air. Review and discuss these and many other safety concerns during our session.

Presented By:

Dave Link, Regional Sales Manager, Kice Industries, Inc.

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