There are lots of dangerous professions out there. I immediately think of Police Officers and Firefighters when I think of those in my community putting their life on the line. Thank you to the men and woman who work each day to keep our communities safe. This week is Grain Bin Safety Week (Feb. 22 – 28, 2015)! In Ohio, 6.5% of farm deaths are from grain bins and silos. Overall, the number of deaths on Ohio farms is decreasing, but deaths are on the rise in the grain bin and storage areas. Farmers have a dangerous job, that often time gets overlooked. We have all this big equipment getting moved around but one of the most overlooked dangers on the farm is a Grain Bin. A grain bin is a large, most often silver bin or concrete structure that stores the crops after harvest and before the grain is hauled to town to be sold to the grain elevator. When the auger is turned on the grain funnels to the middle to a center hole and is unloaded out it under the bin floor. It can make the grain act as quick sand and form a vacuum effect making is nearly impossible for a person to escape. When the bin is near empty can be one of the most dangerous times and time when farmers can sometimes become complacent and toss all those safety procedures out the window by getting in the bin to get the last little bit out. All it takes is a loose pair of paints or shoestring and in a second you can be pulled in. “We have to change our thinking about entering bins without wearing a harness and leaving the unloading auger on. In general, a focus on safety needs to be second nature on modern farms, said Dee Jepsen, state leader for the Ohio State University Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Program.” “It should be like getting in a car and putting on your seat belt. Getting into the proper gear before entering a grain bin should be automatic,” Jepsen said. In honor of this week and firefighters and farmers Nationwide Insurance has partnered with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), CHS, GSI and other contributors 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. Here is a story about one Ohio Farmer and his recent story about a Grain Bin incident. The Ohio State University Agricultural Health and Safety Program has also had a group of students develop a portable Grain C.A.R.T. (Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer) that can be used for training. The students developed this C.A.R.T to: • Create various levels of rescue exercises, that simulate real life rescue situations first responders may encounter in rural emergencies • Increase the capacity within rural rescue teams by optimizing the first responders’ knowledge and skill when responding to rural emergencies • Develop an innovative demonstration unit for use with agricultural audiences to create awareness of hazards and reinforce best management practices while working in and around grain storage bins
Volunteer firefighters are often a rural area’s first and only line of defense when a farmer or grain elevator worker becomes helplessly trapped in a grain bin. Unfortunately, many fire departments lack the specialized rescue techniques and equipment necessary for a successful rescue.
The only way to safely remove someone trapped in a bin is to remove the grain around the person’s body. And the best way to do that is to arm emergency personnel with the proper tools and training.
You can nominate your local fire department to win a Grain Bin Rescue Tube. Be sure to take time and nominate a department in your area, this could save the life of a family member or friend. Here are the links to the Fairfield County Departments. Amanda Basil Joint Bremen Rushcreek Carroll/Greenfield Lancaster Department 3 Lancaster Department 2 Lancaster Department 1 Pleasant Township Bloom Township Millersport Pickerington Violet Township Pickerington Violet Township 591 Stoutsville Thurston/Walnut Township How to enter The contest begins on Jan. 1, 2015 at 8 a.m. CT and ends May 31, 2015 at 8 a.m. CT. To enter, provide your name, occupation, phone number, mailing and email address, the name, address and phone number of the fire department or emergency rescue team, and one page describing how the department or team and rural community would benefit from grain entrapment training and rescue tube, and how they plan to share the tube and training with nearby departments. You can submit your nomination in one of three ways: online, via email or by mail.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail: NECAS, Grain Bin Safety Ag Contest, 8342 NICC Dr., Peosta, IA 52068
Limit one (1) entry per person, per email address and per household or department. – See more at: http://www.grainbinsafetyweek.com/participate-with-us/nominate-your-fire-dept#sthash.sMhOWoUD.dpuf *feel free to use this blog and add in your local fire department link to have a chance to win a grain rescue tube for your local fire department.