Purdue: US farm entrapments fall to lowest level in decade

FILE - This Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, farmer Jason Podany uses combine to harvest corn near Farmingdale, Ill. The sugar and corn industries ended their billion-dollar bitter battle over sweeteners Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in a secret out-of-court settlement. Both sides announced the deal that puts an end to a trial that began nearly three weeks ago in Los Angeles federal court pitting sugar against high fructose corn syrup. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A new Purdue University study says grain bin entrapments and other confined space accidents on the nation’s farms fell to their lowest level in a decade last year.

Purdue’s study shows the U.S. had 47 entrapments in grain bins and other confined spaces in 2015. That’s 34 percent less than 2014’s 71 entrapments and the fewest since 46 were recorded in 2006.

Purdue says 25 people died last year in entrapments, down from 31 in 2014.

But Bill Field, a Purdue professor of agricultural safety and health, says many nonfatal entrapments go unreported each year because there’s no mandatory national reporting system.

Iowa led the nation with seven incidents. Others were reported in Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin and South Dakota.

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