This week is National Grain Bin Safety week, which is a timely topic for Louisiana. Just three months ago, 37 year old Christopher Albert of Madison Parish died after getting stick in a grain bin.
This evening the Rapides and Avoyelles Parish Farm Bureau Federations teamed up to host a grain bin safety and rescue training for farmers and emergency responders in the area. The event was held at the HAAS Auditorium in Bunkie, Louisiana with a safe and controlled mock training inside a small scale grain silo. A volunteer was submerged waist deep in grain and then emergency crews learned safety tips on how to safely and efficiently extract them, which is very important for locals to learn.
Bill Cheek, President of the Rapides Parish Farm Bureau states, "With all of the grain bins around our area, and not just this area, but all of the surrounding parishes it is essential that these men be trained and hopefully never have to use it, but it is very good training."
The Louisiana and Mississippi Farm Bureau Federations will continue to hold these grain bin safety workshops throughout the state. You can learn more about these workshops and when they are held at the link below.
More Information: http://lafarmbureau.org/calendar