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W. Indiana death renews call for grain bin safety

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The death of a western Indiana man sucked into a grain bin has led the Indiana Department of Labor to remind workers about the hazards of working in grain-handling facilities and the steps needed to prevent injuries and deaths.

It says people working in or near grain-handling facilities should never work alone because they're exposed to significant hazards that include falls, electrocution, engulfment, auger entanglement and dust explosions. Working with a partner ensures help is nearby in case of trouble.

It also says employers should provide all workers with a body harness and lifeline, or a boatswains chair, before entering a grain bin.

Hours of rescue attempts failed to save a Veedersburg man after he went into a grain bin Wednesday.

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