“In 2010 we saw a record number of farmers becoming engulfed in grain bins, and we decided it was time to have a proactive role in creating awareness about the serious nature of this issue,” says Bart Schott, National Corn Growers Association president and a grower from Kulm, N.D.
Consequently, NCGA and the National Grain and Feed Foundation — the research and education arm of the National Grain and Feed Association — created a video to build awareness about grain bin safety on the farm. “We hope that this video makes farmers stop and think twice before the next time they put themselves in danger,” Schott adds.
“Flowing grain can pose a life-threatening hazard, and statistics show that 92 percent of victims who become fully engulfed, which can happen in a matter of seconds, do not survive,” says Kendell Keith, NGFA president. “People need to become more aware of the hazards.”
While a safety video had been created for commercial grain-handling facilities, an educational tool focused exclusively on farm bins did not exist, Keith notes.
The new video provides a wide range of information including prevention tips and background data on grain bin accidents. The project also involved interviews with professionals associated with grain bin safety research and rescue.
There is a long version and short version of the video, both of which are accessible at http://tinyurl.com/4sbyjkh. NCGA also is distributing it to affiliated farm organizations, and the association will encourage its grain elevator members to distribute it to their farmer-customers.