The flow of a grain bin is a powerful force. It can pull ladders from a wall and sweep away a person in a matter of seconds.
This is why the St. James Fire Department purchased grain bin rescue gear with money donated by WFS and Rural Development.
This gear would aid workers in a rescue if someone would become trapped in the grain bin.
The rescue gear works like this: the rescue tube is placed around the victim and then grain is removed, preventing more grain from filling in and allowing the person to escape.
Training individuals to use rescue gear is an important part of preventing complications during a rescue. Statistics show 60 percent of grain bin related fatalities are of those people trying to help the person trapped in the grain bin.
Of course, the easiest way to prevent these accidents from happening is by not getting into the bin at all to free grain or to work on their auger.
While individuals still feel the need to go into their grain bin to free up the auger, the question is not if, but when another grain bin related accident will take place.