Farmers Learn New Skills at Grain Safety Conference

Published 08/26 2014 05:42PM

Updated 08/26 2014 06:02PM

BLOOMINGTON- Illinois farmers are brushing up on their safety skills.

COUNTRY Financial and the Grain Handling Safety Coalition are working together to prevent accidental grain bin deaths.

At the Inaugural Grain Safety Conference, farmers learned how to prevent grain dust explosions and how to work safely around augers.

There was also a simulation of how to rescue a farmer buried in a grain bin.

In 2013, there were 33 grain bin entrapments with 13 deaths.

One rescue manager says the key to prevention is to simply turn the unloading system off before entering the bin.

"If you're getting into a bin or anything like that make sure the machinery is turned off and has, just don't let that grain have the ability to move and therefore hopefully we can just prevent an accident before it happens," added David Newcomb, Ag Rescue Program Manager for the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

A typical rescue takes 4 to 6 hours.

The rescue manager advises farmers to always work in pairs and attach a lifeline.

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