A joint video project funded by the National Corn Growers Association and the National Grain and Feed Association has been released that promotes grain bin safety on the farm. An increase in U.S. fatalities and injuries in grain bins prompted the two organizations to team up last November to develop the video.
"In 2010 we saw a record number of farmers becoming engulfed in grain bins and we decided it was time to have a proactive role in creating awareness about the serious nature of this issue," NCGA President Bart Schott, a grower from Kulm, N.D., said. "We hope that this video makes farmers stop and think twice before the next time they put themselves in danger."
The new video, shot on location in several states, provides a wide range of information from prevention tips and background data on grain bin accidents. The project also involved interviews with professionals in the fields of grain bin safety research and rescue to provide as much information to viewers as possible.
"Flowing grain can pose a life-threatening hazard, and statistics show that 92 percent of victims who become fully engulfed, which can happen in a matter of seconds, do not survive," said NGFA President Kendell W. Keith. "Our Foundation was very pleased to be part of this proactive, prevention-based approach by NCGA to save lives. And people need to become more aware of the hazards."
The video is available at NCGA.com and on NCGA's YouTube channel. It also is being distributed by NCGA to affiliated farm organizations. The NGFA also has made the video available on its website at www.ngfa.org, and will be encouraging its grain elevator members to distribute it to farmer-customers.