|Agriculture Grain Bin Rescue
|procedures and equipment, will provide extensive hands-on
harnesses, carabiners, mechanical-advantage systems, victim
packaging. They will experience first hand an actual
engulfment and the pressures involved on their body.
Participants will get their hands dirty. We will be simulating
engulfment, and actually be pulling people out of grain, just like
in a rescue situation. We’ll be packaging people and pulling
them through the roofs of bins, working at heights, and building
cofferdams in grain. We’re going to show how time-intensive
and how difficult these things can be.
their grain bins to level out the corn or to break up clumps of
corn to industry.
Most of the time the grain is leveled out without incident. Often
enough that safety measures can be forgotten - and an accident
That's when headlines are made - when the immense pressure
of the corn suffocates someone.
It will take 800 pounds of lift to remove a man buried just to his
waist in corn. By the time he's buried to his chest, the corn
shifts every time he exhales, preventing him from inhaling, and
he will suffocate slowly.
A lot of people don't give a lot of thought of what they need to
do in the case of a grain bin emergency. An untrained person
can do a lot of damage trying to help.
Grain safety tips
* Label grain bins to warn of the entrapment hazards.
* Lock entrances to grain handling areas to keep bystanders
and children out.
* Install ladders inside bins.
* Do not enter grain bins that are being loaded or unloaded.
Flowing grain can trap and suffocate you in seconds.
* If it is necessary to enter a bin, shut off and lock out power
before entering. Use a safety harness and safety line. Have
several people available outside the bin to lift entrant out in the
case of an emergency.
* Wear NIOSH-approved dust-filtering respirators when working
in and around grain handling areas. High amounts of dust and
molds could be present and are extremely dangerous.
* Wear approved hearing protection when working around noisy
equipment, aeration fans, dryers, etc.
* Be very cautious of grain that may have gone out of condition.
Crusted grain may have cavities beneath the surface that can
collapse - leading to entrapment and suffocation.
* Keep bystanders and children away from grain bins and grain
Are ladders in good condition?
Is lockout available for power?
Is electrical equipment safe?
Are overhead power lines nearby?
Are approved respirators available?
Are guards and shields in place?
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