Welcome to Agricultural Confined Spaces

Different pictures of confined spaces

This website is the product of a Susan Harwood Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor developed by Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program. It is intended to be a resource for those conducting safety and health training in the area of agricultural confined spaces with a special focus on grain storage, handling and processing. Training resources are included that are relevant to farm operators, youth and beginning workers in the grain industry, workers in the commercial grain industry and emergency first responders.

Please feel free to browse through the website for information on Purdue’s latest fatality and injury reports, available educational and research publications, frequently asked questions and downloadable videos and PowerPoint presentations. Due to the quality and size of the teaching resources included, downloading may take several minutes.


Announcements & News

We would like to extend a special thank you to The Grain Journal for helping financially support the preparation and distribution of the 2016 summary. We have lost funding to carry out this effort and now must rely on outside support to make it happen.

It is our hope that these annual reports will help keep the hazards associated with agricultural confined spaces and their impact on workers, on the front burner. This problem is not going away, even with a broad-based national effort to eliminate it. There was a 24% increase in confined space incidents over 2015.

The 2016 Summary is now available on our Yearly Report page.





This material was produced under grant number SH24885SH3 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsements by the U.S. Government.