Media Advisory: Safety demonstrations with GSI, Inc. at Husker Harvest Days

Take a Second for Safety_with borderThe Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) in partnership with GSI, Inc., are hosting grain engulfment safety demonstrations throughout the Husker Harvest Days event, September 9-11, 2014. These demos tie with the theme, “Take a Second for Safety” that all of the commodities will be promoting in the Commodities Building (Lot #8) on Main Street.

Over the past 50 years in the U.S., more than 900 cases of grain engulfment have been reported—and the fatality rate is 62 percent. With several grain bin accidents already reported this year in Nebraska, NCB and NeCGA want to advocate for more training and safety tubes to be available for local fire departments across the state.

Each day, there will be rescue demonstrations held at the GSI booth (Lot #217) on 2nd Street. The demonstrations take place at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the GSI booth.

These demonstrations are very real – actual people are submerged up to their chest in corn. Experts from the Safety and Technical Rescue Association (SATRA) show how to use grain rescue tubes to save the individuals. While demonstrating, they explain just how easy it is for an individual to get themselves into a bad situation—and how common sense and proper safety protocols can help avoid a tragedy.

These demos also show how important it is that local emergency responders have the proper equipment and training to manage a grain engulfment situation. While Husker Harvest Days participants are at the Commodity Building, they can register to win one of two grain rescue tubes which will be given to their local fire departments or emergency response organization.

What: Grain Engulfment Demonstrations

When: September 9, 10 & 11 at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm

Where: GSI booth (Lot #217) on 2nd Street, Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Nebraska

Who: The grain engulfment rescue demos are intended for all participants at Husker Harvest Days, especially industry personnel that actively work with grain and fire fighter emergency rescue personnel who might be called to an engulfment rescue.

At the Commodities Building, participants will also be encouraged to take time to comment on EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rules. These proposed rules can have a dramatic effect on Nebraska farmers’ freedom to farm and the cost of doing business.

Farmers and corn industry leaders will be available throughout the three-day event for interviews. To arrange an interview before or during Husker Harvest Days, please contact NeCGA’s Emily Thornburg at 402.759-1622 or NCB’s Kelsey Pope at 402.853.2830 – both will be at the event.

The Nebraska Corn Board is a self-help program, funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. Producers invest in the program at a rate of 1/2 of a cent per bushel of corn sold. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research and education.

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) is a grassroots commodity organization that works to enhance the profitability of corn producers. NeCGA has more than 2,300 dues paying members in Nebraska. NeCGA is affiliated with the National Corn Growers Association, which has more than 36,000 dues paying members nationwide.

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