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Agriculture.com Staff 09/19/2011 @ 3:03pm

Spring rains delayed planting in many areas of the Corn Belt, setting the stage for a perfect storm of grain-related fatalities.

“With the late planting, grain may be stored at higher moisture levels again this fall, similar to 2009,” says Bill Field, Purdue University professor and Extension safety specialist.

The correlation between wet corn and engulfments and entrapments is clear cut. “When grain is out of condition or stuck together, there’s a higher risk,” he says. The best response to this risk is three hard-and-fast safety rules:

• Don’t enter a bin when unloading 

• Install a lock-out/tag-out system to prevent unsafe entry.

• Avoid entering alone.

If protocols aren’t in place and an emergency occurs, a well-trained and equipped fire department is essential for extricating victims quickly and safely.

If your area fire departments do not have a grain rescue tube or extrication training, Liberty Grain Rescue Systems, LLC, and Purdue University are offering to give away one grain rescue tube valued at $3,900 and a portion of the training costs.

Purdue University has conducted 33 rescue trainings during the past year. “Training is an essential component,” Field says. “You can’t just take the tube out of the box and know how to use it in an emergency.”

To apply, write a one-page letter explaining why your community and volunteer rescue team would benefit from receiving a rescue tube and training.

Send nominations by October 15 to:

Purdue University

Dept. of Ag & Biological Engineering

224 South University Street

West Lafayette, IN 47909-2093

Or you can apply online at http://libertyrescuesystems.com/contactus.html.

Recipients will be notified by October 30. Training will be scheduled and conducted by the end of the year.

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