Grain Safety Conference for Farmers

GHSC_webadFive seconds. That is how quickly a worker can become engulfed in flowing grain and be unable to get out.

Sixty seconds. That is how quickly a worker can be completely submerged in flowing grain. More than half of all grain engulfments result in death by suffocation.

An increase in Illinois grain bin fatalities during the last year has prompted COUNTRY Financial and the Grain Handling Safety Coalition (GHSC) to sponsor a grain safety conference Aug. 26 and 27.

Farmers can attend either day as the same agenda will be presented both days from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Asmark Agricenter, 14171 Carole Dr., Bloomington.

The event will feature:

  • Simulated grain bin rescue
  • Auger entanglement
  • Grain dust explosion demonstration
  • Keynote speakers
  • Chance to win a grain bin lifeline system - $1400 value
  • Door prizes 

In the past 50 years, more than 900 cases of grain engulfment have been reported with a fatality rate of 62 percent, according to researchers at Purdue University. And in 2010, at least 26 U.S. workers were killed in grain engulfments − the highest number on record and the year the GHSC formed as a result of the teen deaths in a grain bin in Mt. Carroll.

Workers’ injuries and deaths don’t just hurt workers, co-workers and their families; they impact their communities and leave everyone wondering what more can be done to prevent such tragic incidents. By complying with basic, common-sense safety standards, we move closer to preventing the next tragedy and statistic. In the span of seconds, we can also save a life.

Lunch and refreshments are provided. Reservations can be made for either day by Aug. 15 at or by calling 309-821-4324.

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Grain Handling Safety Coalition

Click here to watch a video on safety by the Grain Handling Safety Coalition.

Conference Details

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