A Calhoun County agribusiness company is using bin rescue training as an entrapment prevention tool.
The Andersons Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE), a Maumee, Ohio-based company that focuses on grains, plant nutrients, ethanol and rail, held a grain entrapment awareness event at the company’s Albion plant earlier this month.
The goal of the training, said Daniel Scheub, senior specialist of environmental health and safety at The Andersons, is “to increase grain bin entrapment awareness and teach prevention to both first responders and the community, so that one day we can help eliminate entrapments altogether.”
“During the training, we started discussing which fire departments in our area have grain rescue tubes,” Scheub added in an email to the Michigan Farm News. “The Andersons then decided to donate two more grain rescue tubes to both Jonesville and Homer (first responders). It is our practice to offer training after we donate grain rescue tubes to a community.”
According to Craig Anderson, manager of labor and safety regulatory assistance at the Michigan Farm Bureau, training first responders is “an effective method to reduce challenges we might have in a rescue, especially with larger facilities like The Andersons.”
He added that “bringing in (first) responders changes the dynamic of … rescue training.”
Scheub, like Anderson, said that “by providing life-saving grain rescue tubes, safety training and prevention directives to local fire departments and the community, we hope to avoid grain bin entrapments and ultimately save lives.”