February 19-25, 2017: Grain Bin Safety Week

WHEREAS, the safety of farm and other agricultural workers is of the utmost importance; and,

WHEREAS, grain production, handling and transportation is a significant part of the agricultural industry; and,

WHEREAS, in the case of grain elevator workers, it takes only seconds to be completely trapped in flowing grain or overcome in oxygen deficient situations; and,

WHEREAS, through education and awareness of hazards and safe work practices and procedures, industry leaders hope to reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths associated with grain handling and storage; and,

WHEREAS, Grain Bin Safety Week is an annual observance which promotes grain bin safety on farms and commercial grain-handling facilities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim February 19-25, 2017 as Grain Bin Safety Week in Michigan.