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%. In 2010, at least 26 U.S. workers were killed in grain bins: the highest number on record. The most tragic fact of all; this is highly preventable.
Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company is partnering with the Farm Safety for Just Kids, Heartland Co-op, Iowa FFA Foundation, National Education Center for Ag Safety and others to increase awareness of the dangers of flowing grain and bring visibility to safety procedures that can save lives through an annual Grain Bin Safety Week beginning in 2014.
Timed to bring safety awareness to the dangers of grain bins prior to planting season, the week-long event will highlight a different component each of the seven days: Feb. 23--Grain management; Feb. 24--Bin hazard identification; Feb. 25--Bin and equipment design, including safety equipment; Feb. 26--Bin entry; Feb. 27--Working safely in a bin; Feb. 28--Extraction/rescue; March 1--Confined spaces beyond the bin. Highlights of the week are:
FFA Event—Staying Safe on the Farm. On Feb. 24 Nationwide Agribusiness is hosting an all-day event at the FFA Enrichment Center (adjoining Des Moines Area Community College) at Ankeny, Iowa. On-site activities include: Featured speaker Bill Chizek, safety director, Heartland Co-op; grain bin entrapment simulator; manure pit simulator; implement and driver safety; anhydrous ammonia safe-handling procedures; grain dust explosion demo; auger safety.
#AgChat on Twitter. Nationwide Agribusiness, along partners Farm Safety for Just Kids and NECAS, will host #AgChat on Twitter 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 25. This moderated, online conversation will look at grain bin safety from different angles and generate insight from folks involved in agriculture. 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 Feb. 25, Nationwide 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 risks and hazards of grain bins, safe-work procedures, OSHA standards and more. Space is limited so reserve your spot now here.
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 [email protected] or mailed to: NECAS, Grain Bin Safety Contest, 8342 NICC Dr., Peosta, IA 52068. Official rules available at GrainBinSafetyWeek.com.