Reducing Risk from Manure Storage Agitation Gases

nrcs142p2_017423Since the early 1960s, nearly 150 people have died in the U.S. because of manure-related gas incidents in confined spaces (NCERA 2016). Of those cases, about half occurred on dairy operations.  Almost 25% involved a young person under the age of 16. The most common activity at the time a person died was conducting repairs or maintenance on manure handling equipment (34% of the deaths) followed by actions associated with trying to rescue another person entrapped or overcome in a manure storage/reception pit (22% of the deaths) (Beaver and Field 2007).

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