Extremely high crop yields, combined with below-normal temperatures and a wet harvest have farmers, grain elevators and other grain handlers dealing with high-moisture corn and beans – and experts projecting the deadliest year for grain engulfment since 2010.
In 2010, 59 entrapments were recorded, resulting in 26 deaths – the highest number on record.
It takes only seconds to become helplessly trapped in flowing or moving grain, which acts like quicksand and can quickly pull a worker under and cause suffocation. Accidents in grain bins often result in multiple deaths when other workers attempt to rescue co-workers and become trapped as well.
Now in its second year, Grain Bin Safety Week (Feb. 22 – 28, 2015) is an annual observance dedicated to increasing the awareness of grain bin hazards and bringing visibility to the safe work practices and procedures to help reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths associated with grain handling and storage.
Central to this year’s theme is the critical need for first responders to acquire the specialized rescue training and equipment needed to rescue someone entrapped in a grain bin. The chances of surviving an engulfment are greatly increased if a rescue tube is available to fire departments nearby.
Nominate Your Fire Department Contest
Contest period: Jan. 1 – May 31, 2015
In conjunction with Grain Bin Safety Week (Feb 22 – 28, 2015), Nationwide has partnered with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), Grain Systems, Inc. (GSI) and KC Supply Co. to award fire departments with grain bin rescue tubes and specialized training to help save lives when farmers and other workers become entrapped in grain bins.
How to enter
Nominations can be submitted one of three ways:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail: NECAS, Grain Bin Safety Ag Contest, 8342 NICC Dr., Peosta, IA 52068
To enter, describe how the fire department or emergency rescue team and rural community would benefit from receiving grain entrapment training and a rescue tube. Nominators must provide their name, occupation, phone number, mailing and email address; and the name, address and phone number of the fire department or emergency rescue team being nominated.
Official rules are available online at GrainBinSafetyWeek.com.