As farmers are quickly approaching the seeding season, safety is one lesson that is critical in getting back into the swing of things after the winter.
While much of that grain safety focuses on what to do in the fall, as a lot more grain is moved then, some farmers will inevitably move that around to make more room.
In the process, one wrong move or overlooked safety consideration could spell disaster.
Robert Gobeil, the agricultural health and safety specialist with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, says one consideration has to do with grain thawing out from the winter and the problems that come with that.
"The other time of year is in the spring is when they're trying to make room for an upcoming product. The product has been sitting in the bins over the winter, it's been thawing out over less-than-ideal conditions, and that's where there's some potential for grain storage issues."
That lower-quality movement could lead to broken equipment, which leads to its own safety concerns.
"So when the grain is out of condition it tends to crust up on the surface," said Gobeil, "It will be less than ideal to move in your augurs and chutes and movement systems when you're trying to load it into trucks and what not to take it to market."
They've also got a safety checklist that details what to do when first entering into a grain bin, particularly after it's been sitting for a while.
"One of the things that I'm thinking of is we've got a really good entry checklist, that's one of the ones that comes to mind first. If you do have to go into a bin," said Gobeil, "We've created a checklist to make sure that you can enter safely and make sure that all the right steps are taken to prevent any issues."
You can find more information on the program at CASA's website.