“As a smaller cooperative, we wanted to dig deeper into how we could spread the safety message to our producers.
“The training programs we use work great. We make sure our staff is 10-hour certified with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“Internally, we do well, but we wanted to do more to reach out to those in our community who mean just as much to us as those on the job at the elevator.
“Our concept is reaching outside our company, because our members and our growers are just as much a part of our family at Pearl City Elevator. We’re a small town, and we’ve known most everyone here our whole lives. We want strong relationships, because we wouldn’t have a business without them. Safety affects everyone.
“We utilize all the free available content out there. I will be the lead, so to speak, for those who might not have easy access to this content and funnel it to them.
“As part of this strategy, we offered two screenings of the movie Silo. We invited the entire community and hosted an entrapment survivor and representative from Nationwide Insurance after each showing to answer questions.
“I spoke about safety in areas such as lockout/tagout, bin sweep requirements, and permit-required confined space entry.
“I think our proudest moment right now is going out and engaging our growers and customers about safety and taking that message beyond our elevator.”
Reprinted from Grain Journal July/August 2020 Issue