Have you seen a grain entrapment rescue demonstration or witnessed the rescue first hand? Some fire and rescue teams are equipped with the right equipment and some may not be. Even if they are, it doesn’t take long to get yourself into trouble! Gravity flow grain wagons and grain bins are very dangerous and can lead to suffocation. With all that happens this time of year make sure you are taking the right precautions to protect your family.
- Always lock all access doors to grain storage structures.
- Lock out power to all types of grain-handling equipment.
- Use the buddy system when you are unloading or loading grain, notifying a second person where you are.
- Never permit children to ride in grain wagons or enter grain storage areas.
- Always know where ALL family members are (especially children) at all times when grain is being loaded, unloaded, moved, or otherwise handled.
If you had the chance to save a life for only $500 would you pay the price? For only $500 Karen Funkenbusch from the University of Missouri says you can’t afford not to pay the price for safety! Let’s talk numbers…. The cost of a lockout kit to prevent flowing grain engulfment is around $100. A body harness with an anchored lifeline for entering bins from above would run you about $250 and you can get a 100 foot rope for $100. Add in the small costs of electricity to run fans to aerate the grain in the bin and paying someone to standby just in case for $10, depending on the hourly wage….you can save your life or someone else’s for $500. Click here to read more. Something to think about!