DAVIDSONVILLE, Md. — Each year, farmers and grain handlers risk their lives when they enter large grain bins to remove clumped or rotting grain while machinery is still running. Much like quicksand, flowing grain can bury a worker within seconds.
Because these accidents have become all too common, Nationwide and Maryland Farm Bureau are launching the seventh annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest in recognition of Grain Bin Safety Week. The goal is to prevent injuries from happening by widely sharing safe bin-entry procedures, such as maintaining quality grain, testing bin atmosphere for toxic gases and wearing proper safety equipment.
“Maryland Farm Bureau is proud to support this great cause to help save lives,” said Wayne Stafford, Maryland Farm Bureau President. “We hope you’ll join us in promoting this contest by getting the word out to family, friends and businesses and encouraging them to nominate their local fire department. Contest winners will receive a grain rescue tube and hands-on training to prepare them if an entrapment occurs.”
Since 2014, Nationwide has awarded grain rescue tubes and training to 111 fire departments in 26 states. The Westphalia Fire Department in Kansas, the Glenville Fire Department in Minnesota and the Wauzeka Fire Department in Wisconsin have already put their tubes and training to action — saving the lives of three farmers trapped in grain bins. A fourth life was saved by first responders in Berlin, Pennsylvania, too.
“The work that farmers do is critical to the fabric of America, and their jobs are often dangerous,” said Brad Liggett, president of Nationwide Agribusiness, the No. 1 farm insurer1. “That’s why Nationwide is committed to helping first responders save lives, and we’re proud to give them the necessary tools and training. It is imperative to increase access to rescue tubes and comprehensive training so that we can help protect those who serve us every day.”
Grain Bin Safety Week runs this year from Feb. 16-22, 2020, and nominations for the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest are open until April 30. Both are supported by Nationwide and its valued partners, listed here.
1A.M. Best Market Share Report 2018.
About Maryland Farm Bureau
Maryland Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization that serves as the united voice of Maryland farm families. Maryland Farm Bureau’s organizational strength comes from the active participation of over 16,000 individual and family members who belong to the state’s 23 county Farm Bureaus. Since 1915, Maryland Farm Bureau has been committed to promoting and protecting Maryland agriculture and rural life. Maryland Farm Bureau is a proud member of the American Farm Bureau Federation. For more information, visit www.mdfarmbureau.com.
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–Emily Solis, Maryland Farm Bureau