Grain bin entrapment discussions can save lives only if you're there, and if you listen, and you vow to not take risks other farmers take by being in a bin with the unloading auger running, no matter what. You'll have a chance to her those discussions and make that commitment at a series of seven grain entrapment education and grain storage rescue training sessions slated for June. All seven will be held at Purdue University outlying farms, but all seven are open to rescue, grain elevator people, and farmers who want to know how to stay out of such predicaments, and what to do if one occurs.
Kerry Graves, Bloomfield, a farmer, attended a demonstration of a commercial rescue unit produced by GSI near Vincennes before planting and says it was the best program he ever attended. A successful rescue in Greene County this winter underscores that there are occasionally opportunities to save victims, although many grain bin entrapment incidents are fatal.
The seven sessions coming in June are: June 5, Purdue Davis Farm near Farmland; June 9, Purdue Pinney farm near Wanatah; June 11 and June 12, two separate sessions, at the Purdue Agronomy Farm near West Lafayette, June 22 at Purdue Northeast near Columbia City, June 24 at the Feldun Purdue farm near Bedford; and June 26 at the Purdue Southeast Farm near Butlerville.
Registration is required, and closes two weeks before each class. A limited number of participants will be taken for each class, since it involves actual training demonstrations. The registration fee per attendee is $65. Steve Wettschurak is the lead instructor for the class. He is a Certified Farm Accident Rescue Instructor.
Problems farmers have had this winter with stored grain have helped build the impetus for this training. In unrelated cases, several commercial employee workers were killed in unrelated grain entrapment cases last year. The idea is to plant seeds of ideas that will prevent these events from occurring, and to show how to streamline rescue efforts should one occur.
Hands-on experience will be the hallmark of this program, instructors promise. It's not a just come and listen program. To get more information, call 765-714-4557. That's Steve's cell phone number. Or you can email him at: [email protected].
See you at the training sessions in June!