A state group dedicated to safe operations in grain bins wants to build a team of trainers to prevent tragedies like yesterday's death in Champaign County. An autopsy is scheduled today on 55-year old Roy McCarty of Sidney. Jeff Adkisson is with the Illinois Grain Handling Safety Coalition, and Vice President of the Illinois Grain and Feed Association. He says there haven't many new developments in terms of safety standards, but the key is simply making sure commercial grain operators and farmers are up to speed. Adkisson grew up on a grain and livestock farm, and speaks from personal experience.
"You know, when we're young, and we're around this, we think we're big enough, strong enough, fast enough - that will never happen to me. After we're done it for 20 years, we look at it with the mindset with 'oh I've done this a million times before this way, and I've never had an incident. You know, it's that next time, that first time after a million when we have that problem."
Safety measures recommended for the grain bins include harnesses, as well ensuring that all equipment is turned off when entering a bin. Adkisson says anyone can request training seminars, ranging from farm bureaus to FFA chapters to simply concerned citizens. Yesterday's incident in Sidney is believed to be Illinois' first grain bin death this year. Two young boys died in a grain bin in Mount Carroll, Illinois in 2011.
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