You can get a high school student to volunteer to do anything – once. Justin Carr, a senior at Argos High School and an FFA member, was game when the Co-Alliance staff putting on a grain bin safety demonstration asked for volunteers.
While everyone else prepared to watch, he buckled up in a safety harness before climbing to the top of the mock bin.
The bin may be for demonstration purposes, but the corn and the dust in the corn, which coated his arms before the demonstration was over, was real. Mike Jones, ag teacher at Argos, brought kids to the safety demonstration at Greencastle because he was looking for ideas to enhance the safety demonstrations they do for the community in Marshall County. Carr helped him find one demonstration that leaves a lasting impression.
With Carr attached to a safety harness and rope, the presenters let grain flow out of the tank, into another tank mounted on the demonstration trailer. Co-Alliance used the trailer to train their own employees, and to give demonstrations to farmers and community members.
Even though Carr only sank about half way into the grain when the flow stopped – about waist deep, he found he couldn't just step out of the grain. At that point even in a very small diameter bin, he was in too deep to get out without some assistance. He wasn't in any danger since he had a protective harness and rope system holding onto him. But it didn't prevent him from being pulled into the grain by powerful forces.
One point was to never enter a bin without the right equipment, presenters told the crowd. The best thing is to not enter at all, they noted. In their company there are strict rules about when employees can and can't enter a bin. Grain bin entrapments in commercial facilities have happened fairly frequently within the past several years.
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