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Monday, March 30, 2015

Grain Bin Safety

Many grain bins are still full or nearly full.  Getting the grain to te elevator safely should be a number one priority.  We all hear that we should not enter a grain bin when it is full, but just how dangerous is that?  Reader's Digest ran the story of a young Iowa farmer who was trapped in a bin. I have never read a first hand account of what it is like to be trapped.  Arick Baker's story is well done and scary.  If this does not scare you into being safe, I don't know what will.

Another thing to consider, is that local rescue squads need the bin rescue tubes for those time when something goes wrong. Here is a story about a donated rescue tube saving a life.  A rescue would be nearly impossible alone, but here are some procedures to use.  Note that turning everything off is priority one.  Shut it down even before you dial 911.

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