Some grain entrapment incidents making headlines in the Midwest recently have involved young workers – often part-time workers still in high school. Sometimes they have become victims and perished. Other times they have been asked to go into dangerous situations without the proper training to know what to do if something goes wrong, or to realize the perilous situation they might be in.
Purdue University programs have concentrated on training first responders who would respond to grain bin entrapments over the past couple of years, says Bill Field, Purdue Extension safety specialist. Hundreds of first responders have been trained. The classes have even been requested by agencies in other states. While the classes are still offered, Field says they're looking for other ways to get people trained so they have a better chance of avoiding these situations. One effort is a "train the trainer" program, geared at adults who could then train other first responders in their area.
The other effort underway now is a program to be repeated in three locations that is geared to 16 to 21-year-olds who might be looking for jobs on farms or in the grain industry. The goal is to hold a day-long training session that would give them information they can use to avoid becoming a victim through education about flowing grain.
The sessions are co-sponsored by Purdue Extension and the Indiana Rural Safety and Health Council. The three dates and locations are: Sept. 20 at Brock Manufacturing, Milford; Oct. 2 at the Beck Educational Center near West Lafayette; and Oct. 16 at the FFA Leadership Center near Trafalgar.
FFA chapters that bring members may be reimbursed for at least part of their travel expenses by the Council.
For more information, contact Steve Wetttschurack, one of the grain bin safety trainers, at 765-496-2377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.