DES MOINES, IA – Over the past 50 years, more than 900 cases of grain engulfment have been reported in the U.S. with a fatality rate of 62 percent. In 2010, at least 26 U.S. workers were killed in grain engulfments – the highest number on record. The most tragic fact of all: grain engulfments are highly preventable.
Timed to bring safety awareness to the dangers of grain bins prior to planting season in much of the country, the annual Grain Bin Safety Week will begin in 2014 and will highlight a different component each of the seven days:
- Sun. Feb. 23: Grain management
- Mon., Feb. 24: Bin hazard identification
- Tues., Feb. 25: Bin and equipment design, including safety equipment
- Wed., Feb. 26: Bin entry
- Thurs., Feb. 27: Working safely in a bin
- Fri., Feb. 28: Extraction/rescue
- Sat., Mar. 1: Confined spaces beyond the bin
Highlights of the Week
FFA Event – Staying Safe on the Farm
On Mon., Feb. 24, Nationwide Agribusiness is hosting an all-day event at the FFA Enrichment Center (adjoining the Des Moines Area Community College), Ankeny, Iowa. On-site activities include:
- Featured speaker: Bill Chizek, safety director, Heartland Co-op, West Des Moines, IA
- Grain bin entrapment simulator
- Manure pit simulator
- Implement and driver safety
- Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3) safe-handling procedures
- Grain dust explosion demonstration
- Auger safety demonstration
#AgChat on Twitter
Nationwide Agribusiness, along with our partners Farm Safety for Just Kids and NECAS, will host #AgChat on Twitter 7-9 p.m. CT, Tues., Feb 25. This moderated, online conversation will look at grain bin safety from different angles and generate insight from folks involved in the business of growing food, fuel, feed and fiber. Anyone with a Twitter account can participate. Go to Twubs.com/agchat to tweet during the chat. The site automatically enters the #agchat hashtag in every tweet and allows users to participate in real time.
Webinar – Grain Bin Safety
On Wed, Feb 25, Nationwide Agribusiness will host a free, live webinar on grain bin safety that’s open to everyone. Farmers and commercial grain handlers will gain valuable insight into the risks and hazards of grain bins, safe-work procedures, OSHA standards and more. Space is limited so reserve your spot now at http://nwagcompanyevents.fugent.com/home/events.asp.
Win Safety Equipment for your Local Fire Department
Nationwide Agribusiness and NECAS have partnered to provide grain entrapment rescue training and a bin rescue tube (valued at $2,600) to one nominated fire department or emergency rescue squad. The contest runs from Dec 15, 2013 to April 30, 2014. Completed nominations can be emailed to or mailed to: NECAS, Grain Bin Safety Contest, 8342 NICC Dr., Peosta, IA 52068. Official rules will be available online at .
After January 1, please visit (GrainBinSafetyWeek.com.) for more information, tools for the media and information to help people get the word out as well as participate.