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Grain Bin Accident Training

Steve Wagner

Earlier this year, Wayne County firefighters helped to rescue a man who had been trapped inside a large grain bin on a farm near Centerville, Indiana. Thankfully, the firefighters had been trained in grain bin rescue, thanks to the Purdue Extension training they had received.

Even though only 10 people in the county were trained on grain bin rescue at the time, Indiana fire departments have been focusing on training more and more workers to assist in these types of rescues, as they can be incredibly dangerous, and so often deadly.

The problem with grain is that the weight of it holds onto a person like quicksand, but it fills in around them like water. You cannot just pull someone out of the grain. It has to be lowered to about ankle level on the person before enough leverage can be used to free them. Training on grain bin rescues involves extensive knowledge of how to cut the sides of the grain bins strategically, to allow the grain to escape without the bins collapsing.

There are now around 50 people in the state of Indiana who are trained in these life saving maneuvers, and who will work tirelessly to prevent farming accidents, injuries, and deaths like these grain bin accidents. If you or a loved one have been injured in a farming accident, there is hope for you to get help in your recovery. Call the law offices of Wagner Reese to schedule a free consultation with one of our work injury lawyers, and find out how we can help you get the money you deserve for your recover.


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