Grain bins continuously pose threats to farmers


    Grain bins posing threats to farmers and workers especially with the summer season as they work to empty it.

    A safety specialist for CHS Inc. says moving grain acts like quicksand and can bury and suffocate you in seconds.

    One woman proved the fact to be true as she sunk into the grain within seconds.

    "We're doing safety demos on grain bin rescue," said the Director of Fire Science program at Mid-Plains Community College Tim Zehnder.

    Thankfully for the woman, it was just a demonstration she was involved in.

    "First of all it's very important to not to go into a bin without being restrained but every year the numbers continue to stay the same or go up of people being trapped in grain bins and getting stuck to where the fire departments have to come out to rescue them," said Zehnder.

    The MPCC fire science program, CHS Inc. and the Phelps County Fair want to keep local farmers safe by sharing this message.

    "I just hope this gives people a better understanding of how dangerous it is to be in the bins. If we can reach anybody and make it safer especially kids with all of these kids out here at the fair, and they can see what's going on. They are no place to play. They're a very dangerous piece of equipment," said Zehnder.

    CHS Inc. saying this is typically the time of year farmers are going in the bin.

    "Every week we see someone that's engulfed in a bin on the farm. Some of them are deaths so we are trying to reach out and provide some information so people will think maybe we can save a life. That's our idea is to do these demonstrations to not get this far but to actually think about it before they go in," said a safety specialist for CHS Inc. Rick Smith.

    MPCC says the chances of surviving a trapping are slightly over 50 percent.

    "It's pretty common all over the U.S. People take chances and a lot of time those chances end up with someone passing away," said Zehnder.

    "We just want people to think and focus on what they're doing when working on the farm," said Smith.

    MPCC Director of Fire Science says they'll also be demonstrating at the state fair for those who would like more information.

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