I wrote earlier this week about the excellent work NPR and the Center for Public Integrity did for an in-depth series on worker deaths in grain bins. Now there are even more stories on the subject, including a PBS segment and several pieces in the Kansas City Star. Plus, Salon has published “When workers die: “And nobody called 911″” by CPI’s Jim Morris and WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell. It’s a chilling follow-up to the reporters’ earlier piece, “They were not thinking of him as a human being,” about temporary worker Carlos Centeno, who died from severe burns after plant managers refused to call 911 following a chemical spill.

Dorry Samuels of National COSH put together a list of links to all the grain bin stories:


Center for Public Integrity

Kansas City Star



Harvest Public Media

(supplies content to farm country public radio stations)

This is terrific reporting work on important issues — take a look if you haven’t already.


  1. #1 Mark Gottlieb
    Boston MA
    March 29, 2013

    It is about time that this issue got some national media attention. The fact that the CPI/NPR investigation has generated more media to further propel these practices and their consequences into the public’s consciousness demonstrates that people DO care about the safety of workers when they have the chance to understand when it is callously disregarded, as is too often the case.

  2. #2 cjon
    March 30, 2013

    KCUR’s Central Standard did a companion piece as well. (KCUR is home base for Harvest Public Media). You can see & hear it here: http://kcur.org/post/grain-deadly-business