Moving grain can be dangerous. According to a report from the Des Moines Register, last week a man south of Newton was trapped in a grain bin . Newton and Kellogg fire departments responded with a device called the Res-Q tube, which is put around people to relieve the pressure of grain. The man was rescued and is expected to make a full recovery, but grain bin safety will only become more important as harvest time draws closer.
In February, the Agribusiness Report spoke with Don Ashenfelter an instructor for Professional Rescue Innovations about grain bin safety. He says it doesn't take long to get sucked under, "A person can be completely submerged in 22 seconds. 22 seconds with a 10 inch auger, they're completely buried. They don't have time to react."
Ashenfelter says, "It's a fact that somebody takes a five minute short cut or they go in to do one thing really quick and nobody's there to shut things off and that's when something happens. Pretty much all grain accidents could be avoided."