National Grain Bin Safety Week

Over the past 50 years, more than 900 cases of grain engulfment have been reported in the U.S. with a fatality rate of 62 percent. In 2010, at least 26 U.S. workers were killed in grain engulfments – the highest number on record. The most tragic fact of all: grain engulfments are highly preventable.

Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company is partnering with Farm Safety for Just Kids, Heartland Co-op, Iowa FFA Foundation, National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) and others to increase awareness of the dangers of flowing grain and bring visibility to safety procedures that can save lives through an National Grain Bin Safety Week: February 23-March 1, 2014.

Grain bins pose serious risk to everyone, but especially children who may not realize the danger associated with flowable grain. Check out the Parent-Kid Contract. Designed to be a conversation starter, the contract is a starting point for farmers, parents, and children to outline the rules about grain bins on the farm.

Timed to bring safety awareness to the dangers of grain bins prior to planting season in much of the country, the week-long event will discuss a broad array of grain bin safety topics at various events:

FFA Event – Staying Safe on the Farm
On Mon., Feb. 24, Nationwide Agribusiness is hosting an all-day event at the FFA Enrichment Center (adjoining Des Moines Area Community College), Ankeny, Iowa. On-site activities include:

  • Featured speaker: Bill Chizek, safety director, Heartland Co-op, West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Grain bin entrapment simulator
  • Manure pit simulator
  • Implement and driver safety
  • Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3) safe-handling procedures
  • Grain dust explosion demonstration
  • Auger safety demonstration

#AgChat on Twitter (Tuesday, February 25)
Nationwide Agribusiness, along with our partners Farm Safety for Just Kids and NECAS, will host #AgChat on Twitter 7-9 p.m. CT, Tues., Feb. 25. This moderated, online conversation will look at grain bin safety from different angles and generate insight from folks involved in the business of growing food, fuel, feed and fiber. Anyone with a Twitter account can participate. Go to to tweet during the chat. The site automatically enters the #agchat hashtag in every tweet and allows users to participate in real time.

Webinar – Grain Bin Safety
On Wed, Feb. 26, Nationwide Agribusiness will host a free, live webinar on grain bin safety that’s open to everyone. Farmers and commercial grain handlers will gain valuable insight into the risks and hazards of grain bins, safe-work procedures, OSHA standards and more. Space is limited so people should reserve a spot now.

Win Safety Equipment for your Local Fire Department
Contest Period: The contest runs from January 1 to April 30, 2014.
Nationwide Agribusiness and NECAS have partnered to provide grain entrapment rescue training and a bin rescue tube (valued at $2,600) to one nominated fire department or emergency rescue squad. Completed nominations can be emailed to or mailed to: NECAS, Grain Bin Safety Contest, 8342 NICC Dr., Peosta, IA 52068. Official rules are available online at


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