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Author: Gallagher National Risk Control
Farmers and farm workers are 800 percent more likely to die on the job than any other industry according to Farm Injury Resource. With that in mind, grain bins are a huge hazard in the agricultural industry. That is why grain bin safety should be front of mind and being prepared for this kind of emergency should be top priority. It is better to be prepared then to be caught by surprise when an accident is happening.
Here are some steps to take in order to prepare you for an emergency in a grain bin accident.
Invite Local Rescue Team to Location
If you are a grain coop or have a large farm operation, it is imperative that you invite your local rescue team out to view the location and look at the bin setup. This tour will help the rescue team understand what type of bins they are working with and how they can best access them. Inviting your local rescue team out for a quick lunch is a great way to get them to come out to your location and take a quick tour.
Let Rescue Teams Practice at Your Location
Practicing grain rescue to be prepared for an emergency is a great way to ensure that the rescue process goes well. Many rescue teams like to practice at least once a year and often they need a location to do it with. Allowing them on your grain site is a great way to give them the opportunity to practice. Furthermore, it gives you the opportunity to learn how the rescue process works and allowing for you to be better prepared for an emergency.
Ensure Rescue Teams have Access to Proper Equipment
Often times local rescue teams are voluntary and don't have the resources to provide their own rescue equipment. If you have the resources available, donating to your local rescue team a grain rescue tube or other lifesaving equipment can be essential in making sure your employees get home safe. There are many grants available including a Nationwide program that can help pay for rescue tubes for your local rescue department. Or, ask your local rescue team what resources they need to keep your employees safe on the job.
It takes three seconds to react in a grain bin emergency. In just five seconds, you can become completely trapped in flowing grain and in 22 seconds, you can be completely covered. In rural areas, it can take a rescue team close to 20 or 30 minutes to respond and if they don't have the proper equipment or training, the emergency can turn from a rescue to a recovery. That's why it is crucial that you take the necessary steps to be prepared for an emergency. Take time now to practice so that when timing is everything, you can be prepared.