The frequency of grain entrapments is growing nationally. CASA is doing something about it. CASA is developing a Grain Safety Program. The heart of this program includes building a mobile demonstration unit which can function as both a grain entrapment demonstration unit and a rescue training unit.

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The mobile unit will serve three purposes:

  • Rescue Training. The unit will be used to train first responders in grain extrication procedures.
  • General Prevention Education. The unit will be used as a learning tool to sensitize public audiences about the dangers of grain entrapment, and the importance of lock-out/tag out procedures.
  • On-site Training. The unit will be used to provide in-depth prevention and emergency plan training to workplaces.

Grain entrapments occur when:

  • An individual is present on the surface grain, which is being drawn out from beneath the individual;
  • An individual attempts to walk across the surface of grain where a void exists beneath the surface; and
  • An individual is in a grain storage facility where grain has solidified onto the walls of the bin and then the wall of grain collapses onto the individual.

In 2015 alone, seven people died in Canada after being entrapped in grain. Four were children.

“This program is about saving lives. The mobile unit will be used to raise awareness about the hazards of moving grain. It will also be available for training first responders in rescue techniques and by larger farms to develop customized emergency procedures.” - Marcel Hacault, Executive Director of CASA

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