PRAIRIE, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi Farm Bureau and Mississippi State University Extension Service in Monroe County hosted a grain bin safety simulator and rescue training on Thursday.
With the risk farmers face as they enter large grain bins, the goal of the night's event was to prevent injuries and death by promoting safe bin entry procedures.
These include: maintaining quality grain, testing the bin atmosphere for toxic gases and wearing proper safety equipment.
"Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot of information out there on how to properly get somebody out of an entrapment," said Brenton Moseley, safety specialist. "The average entrapment is over three and a half hours, so it causes physical exhaustion to mental exhaustion, and we try to cover it all from our farmers to our first responders."
Suffocation from engulfment is a leading cause of death in grain bin accidents.