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Grain safety demonstration
More than 600 farmers have suffocated in flowing grain
over the last 40 years. About 80% of documented cases
involving a partially-entrapped victim, result in a fatality,
according to Bill Field, Purdue University Extension
farm safety specialist.
"Many grain entrapments are fatal because farmers
underestimate the tremendous force of flowing grain,
and how quickly they can be pulled under," Field says.
Iowa State University research indicates that 325 pounds
of force are required to release an adult buried to the
waist in grain. If a farmer is buried up to his head, it
requires 625 pounds of force.
In less than 20 seconds, a person standing in flowing
grain would be submerged to the shoulders. After 60
Seconds, a person’s head would be nearly six feet
below the surface in a full bin.