Nominate your fire department to win a grain rescue tube

Take action – Schedule or conduct grain bin safety education and training during GBSW

Grain Bin Safety week was initiated to raise awareness for and help prevent serious injuries and death associated with grain handling and storage. More and more, agricultural communities are working together to promote grain bin safety education and training all year round. Today, we invite you to take action by scheduling or conducting these important activities during Grain Bin Safety Week, February 19-25, 2017.

Organize training sessions

Farmers and commercial grain handlers can work together to organize grain bin safety education and training on safe-work and storage best practices. Local coops, university extension offices and fire departments are often available to participate in or provide training, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

Agricultural organizations are encouraged to hold grain bin safety education and training sessions to help educate local farmers and commercial grain handlers.

Use our risk management tools, webinars, videos, helpful websites and articles as educational resources. Information is available for topics including:

  • Grain bin entry
  • Confined space entry
  • Lockout/tagout
  • Sweep auger safety
  • Grain management
  • Grain dryer fire management
  • Emergency action planning  
  • Working alone safety guidelines
  • Child and young worker safety

Visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) site for specific information regarding grain handling standards, hazards, evaluating and controlling exposure and training resources.

Participate with us

We welcome your subject matter experts to provide content for or partner with us by donating grain rescue tubes, rescue training or financial contributions.

We encourage you to participate in #AgChat, a moderated Twitter conversation that allows agribusiness professionals to share viewpoints and ideas about the issues impacting agriculture, such as farm safety. On February 21, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. (CT), a special edition of #AgChat on Twitter will focus on grain handling, transportation, storage and grain bin accident prevention. This is also a great opportunity to network and promote your organization, website or product.

Nominate your fire department

Since 2014, Nationwide and its GBSW partners have teamed up to award first responders with grain rescue tubes and hands-on entrapment rescue training. 32 fire departments in 15 states across the nation have been awarded tubes and training. One of those winners used their tube and training to successfully rescue a man from grain entrapment in 2015.

Is your local fire department trained and equipped to perform a successful grain bin rescue? Where is the closest grain rescue tube located? Nominate your fire department for a chance to win a grain rescue tube and hands-on grain rescue training.

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