SAN ANTONIO, TX – According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, 2010 was the worst year on record for grain bin engulfments and fatalities – 31 people died and hundreds more were injured. And as more storage bins are built, the opportunity for potentially tragic accidents increases.
As part of this year’s educational programming, the USA Rice Outlook Conference is offering a very important session on the challenges and dangers of grain bin entrapment rescue. Dr. Brent Cox, with Global Emergency Management Solutions, will explore options and low to no cost steps to prevent bin entrapments.
Because it can take rescue personnel a long time to reach isolated farm areas, Dr. Cox also will discuss do’s and don’ts to follow while awaiting rescue teams, and analyze the steps taken to successfully rescue trapped victims.
“I think it’s in the best interest of everyone in the ag community to be schooled on grain bin safety,” says Arkansas rice farmer Jennifer James. “I appreciate Valley View Agri-Systems for sponsoring this session. Being aware of the dangers and how to prevent accidents is vital information that we all can use.”