Posted: July 14, 2012
If you are not familiar with this incident, see the story above or type in “Maryland manure pit deaths” in your web browser. Because there were no witnesses, there are many questions about exactly what happened. One of these questions has to do with the role
of manure gases in open-air storages: did they play any role at all? We know through research studies that manure gases and oxygen-depletion are major factors in enclosed manure pits, but I have not seen similar types of research with open-air storages. It is disturbing that safety research shortcomings are often uncovered because of tragic incidents involving loss of life. Another question: where will funds for such research
come from if state and federal legislators keep cutting safety research and extension funding?
~ Dennis Murphy