Initiated by Nationwide in 2014, Grain Bin Safety Week is an annual campaign recurring the third full week of February to promote grain bin safety on farms and commercial grain-handling facilities.
A collaborative effort with industry leaders and agricultural professionals, Grain Bin Safety Week was created to raise awareness about grain bin dangers, provide education and share best safety practices. Together, we hope to reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths associated with grain handling and storage.
Source: 2015 Summary of U.S. Agricultural Confined Space-Related Injuries and Fatalities
Grain Bin Safety Week also promotes awareness of live-saving grain extraction methods and procedures that help first responders rescue farmers and other workers who've been trapped in grain bins or other storage facilities.
Beginning January 1 and running through May 31, the annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest enables communities to nominate their local fire department to win a grain rescue tube. In addition to the rescue tube, winners also receive specialized rescue training.
Since 2014, the contest has received over 1,000 nominations. 32 fire departments across 15 states have been awarded grain rescue tubes. One of those winners, the Westphalia Fire Department in Kansas, used their new skills to rescue a man entrapped in a grain bin in 2015.
View or download our news release to learn more about Grain Bin Safety Week and share it with others.
Our history began in 1909 when a group of determined Iowa farmers and grain elevator owners joined together to create an insurance company that would provide an alternative source of dependable, affordable insurance to protect against their losses.
While staying close to our roots, we’ve spread across the country and operate in 48 states. We’ve also grown our product offerings to keep pace with the evolving agribusiness industry.
Today, Nationwide is the #1 farm insurer in the U.S. and a leader in insurance and risk management solutions for commercial agribusinesses along the food, fiber and fuel chains.
While agriculture and its related businesses have radically changed over the past century, our commitment has not. We remain dedicated to the business and the people who are American agriculture, and we pledge to continue our tradition of service, safety and integrity – just as we did more than 100 years ago.
Agribusiness Risk Management Services
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Des Moines, IA 50391