Grain Bin Rescue Tube saves lives | Ag News

Thanks to a grant from Nationwide Insurance plan, Grant Corley is alive to see his 15 grandkids increase up.

In the slide of 2015, Corley, a farmer and seed seller from Westphalia, Kansas, became trapped in a move of soybeans inside a grain bin. Corley, his hired gentleman and a truck driver had been loading soybeans from the bin into a semi truck working with a grain vacuum. “I really don’t know whether or not I tripped or what, but I commenced to slide ahead and caught myself with the hose. I trapped the hose straight down and was standing in the center of the cone of going grain,” Corley recalled.

“My initial slip-up was that I tried out to pull the hose out. That pushed me in further and rather swift I was upper body deep in grain. And if you are knee deep, you are completed.”

Like numerous grain bin entrapment, this happened quickly—within a couple of seconds.

He yelled for enable, but could not be read around the audio of the tractor and grain vacuum. But the truck driver and employee quickly figured out a little something was improper. They shut the grain vacuum down, and called 911.

Grain tube to the rescue

It so happened that considerably less than a 12 months prior, the Westphalia Fireplace Division gained a Grain Bin Rescue Tube, moreover six several hours of palms-on-schooling on how to use the tube, by way of a grant from Nationwide Insurance plan.

In 15 minutes, the hearth department arrived at Corley’s Seed Farm and considerably less than 30 minutes, Grant was safely eliminated from the grain bin. “It seemed like permanently, but was probably 45 minutes before I was eliminated,” he recalled.

He credited his employee and truck driver for their swift considering, and the hearth department for its swift response.

“If I’d have been by myself, I would not have produced it,” he reported. “My palms had been previously mentioned the grain and my cell phone in a pouch all over my belt. Any movement triggered far more grain to collapse.”

Without the need of a grain basic safety tube, the result could have been considerably far more tragic. In 2015, 24 entrapments resulted in 14 fatalities, in accordance to Nationwide Insurance plan. In 2014, 38 entrapments killed 18 people.

“Deploying a grain rescue tube is the only way to safely eliminate someone trapped in grain,” reported Brad Liggett, president of Nationwide Agribusiness. “Until we can persuade all farmers and other grain handlers to produce a zero-entry mentality, we will carry on to make tubes readily available.”

Nationwide began the Nominate Your Fireplace Division Contest in 2014, and has awarded tubes and schooling to 32 hearth departments across 15 states since then.

“Grain bin incidents can tragically affect people today, family members and overall communities,” described Paul Stevenson, Nationwide’s senior consultant in Chance Management. “Studies display that grain bin incidents normally conclusion in demise. But they are preventable.

“As the No. 1 farm insurer in the U.S. and a chief in chance management methods for business agribusinesses, we have a obligation to do almost everything we can to enable hold the ag local community safe and sound,” he reported.

The Nominate Your Fireplace Division contest operates every single 12 months among Jan. 1 and May possibly 31. “Nominations can be submitted by the public and we strongly encourage all hearth departments and unexpected emergency response groups to self-nominate. Mainly because we count on donations to enable fund the awarding of tubes and schooling, the variety of winners and prizes are not recognised until finally the contest closes. The far more funds we raise—the far more tubes we can award,” Davidson reported.

The Grain Bin Rescue Tube is valued among $3,000 to $5,000 and the schooling session is valued up to $5,000.


As section of the Nationwide contest provisions, the Westphalia Fireplace Division will share the grain tube with encompassing hearth departments and initial responders. Corley, who reported he realized of two farmers who perished in grain bin incidents, reported he hopes his story will hold many others from entering a grain bin with no getting precautionary measures.

For far more details, stop by and look for “Grain Bin Safety 7 days.”

Bill Spiegel can be reached at or 785-587-7796.

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