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Grain Bin Safety Week raises awareness of safety procedures

Grain bin rescue
Each year, grain entrapments are the most common type of confined space incident reported on farms.  These entrapments can happen when a farm worker enters a grain bin to remove clumped or rotting grain while machinery is still running.  Much like quick sand, flowing grain can bury a worker within seconds. 

These accidents have become all too common and are a leading factor in farm injuries and death.  As part of CHS efforts to lead meaningful advancements in ag health and safety excellence, CHS has partnered with Nationwide to sponsor Grain Bin Safety Week Feb. 18 to 24.  

“Grain Bin Safety Week is an opportunity for industry partners to come together for crucial conversations around grain bin safety,” says John Miller, risk services manager, CHS Insurance. “As warmer weather approaches, it’s important to start thinking about how to prevent and respond to grain bin emergencies.” 

Activities planned for Grain Bin Safety Week include the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest and educational webinars for farmers.  Nominate your local fire department to receive a grain bin rescue tube and training now through April 30.  Winning entries will be awarded a grain bin rescue tube and entrapment rescue training session at their location. 

You can also take advantage of grain bin safety webinars offered by AgriSafe. During grain bin safety week, three free webinars will be offered on respiratory hazards and confined space entry. Click here for more information. 

Stay tuned this week for more on how CHS strengthens hometown communities through support of local safety initiatives or visit chsinc.com/stewardship