Once again, we’re collaborating with industry leaders and agricultural professionals to support Grain Bin Safety Week, held February 17-23, 2019.
Win safety equipment for your local fire department
The Nominate Your Fire Department Contest runs from January 1 through April 30 and awards grain rescue tubes and hands-on training to help first responders save lives. The contest is made possible thanks to the support of National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), KC Supply and our other partners.
"Grain bin accidents can tragically impact individuals, families and entire communities," said Brad Liggett, president of Nationwide Agribusiness. "Accident prevention means everyone working together, and Grain Bin Safety Week provides a forum for the agricultural community to help keep people safe."
The contest has attracted over 2,000 nominations and awarded tubes and training to 77 fire departments across 24 states. One of those winners, The Westphalia (Kansas) Fire Department, used their new skills in 2015 to rescue a man who became entrapped in grain.
In 2014, 38 documented entrapments resulted in 17 deaths, according to Purdue University. It was the highest number since 2010, when at least 26 U.S. workers were killed in grain engulfment.1 In 2017, there were 23 documented grain entrapment cases, 9 reported falls into or from grain storage structures, 2 asphyxiations due to deficient oxygen levels or toxic environments, and 8 equipment entanglements, such as those involving in floor and sweep augers, that occurred while working inside or around agricultural confined spaces. For more information refer to Purdue university’s study.
How to enter
Nominations can be submitted one of three ways:
To enter, describe how the fire department or emergency rescue team and rural community would benefit from receiving grain entrapment training and a rescue tube. Nominators must provide their name, occupation, phone number, mailing and email address; and the name, address and phone number of the fire department or emergency rescue team being nominated.
See Official Rules for additional information.
Show your support for Grain Bin Safety Week
A news release and other promotional tools are available to help show your support of this important cause. Please join us in our effort to help raise awareness and save lives.
We need your help
In pursuit of our goal to equip firefighters and other emergency personnel with the proper tools and training to help save lives when workers become entrapped in grain bins, we're seeking donations in the form of grain rescue tubes, rescue training or a financial contribution.
For more information visit grainbinsafetyweek.com