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Learn rescue techniques for grain bin entrapment

Husker Harvest Days visitors can experience a grain rescue through simulator and Res-Q Tube.

Curt Arens, Editor, Nebraska Farmer

August 19, 2021

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A woman from Satra demonstrates what it is like to be entrapped in a grain bin at HHD's
SIMULATION AND RESCUE: At Husker Harvest Days, a team from SATRA will demonstrate what it is like to be entrapped in a grain bin, as well as grain bin rescue techniques. Courtesy of SATRA

Grain entrapment continues to be a major farm safety issue causing multiple injuries and deaths each year. How to rescue someone trapped in grain will be a part of this year’s Husker Harvest Days on Sept. 14-16 in Grand Island, Neb.

Cooperative Producers Inc. will provide live grain engulfment and rescue simulations at Husker Harvest Days on Lot 53 during the show. The training will be provided by the Safety and Technical Rescue Association (SATRA). Simulations will be done at least once an hour, with all ages welcome to participate and learn more about the dangers of grain entrapment.

Firsthand experience

The live simulations are done in a controlled environment but designed to be as real as possible. The demonstrations use all safe bin-entry practices.

Show attendees can play the roles of either a bin entrant or attendant. The entrant, wearing a harness and lifeline, enters the simulator and becomes a victim of a grain entrapment. Three other attendants must work together to free the victim from the entrapment using a Res-Q Tube.

Every attendee can experience what it feels like to be the victim of a grain entrapment and act as a rescuer. The experience drives home the point that grain entrapments present a true danger and that entrapment prevention is essential.

“Grain bin entrapments on the farm continue to be an ongoing concern, and anything we can do to help train our farmers and first responders on grain engulfment rescue is a win in our book,” says Doran Burmood, vice president of health and safety at Cooperative Producers Inc. “We’re excited to offer HHD show attendees the ability to learn about the dangers of grain entrapment in a controlled environment.”

Training entities

Cooperative Producers Inc. is a farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in Hastings and located in 30 communities throughout south-central Nebraska.

SATRA, providing the HHD training, is a nonprofit organization that offers rapid search and rescue services, using trained search and rescue technicians to train or respond to various disasters.

Trainings offered include OSHA compliance, grain handling safety, fall prevention, emergency mitigation and third-party evaluations.

About the Author(s)

Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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