INDIANAPOLIS — Proper understanding of farm equipment and
machinery is key to ensuring safety on an agricultural operation.
To help make sure the youth learn good farm practices at an
early age, Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program is holding
“Safe Grain Storage and Handling for Youth and Beginning Workers” throughout the
The next event is scheduled Oct. 16 at the FFA Leadership
Center in Trafalgar.
The training event will be targeted toward those children
who are involved with working around their family farm’s grain bins, FFA members
and youth and beginning workers in the commercial grain industry.
“A lot of young individuals are getting trapped in grain
bins,” said Purdue Extension safety specialist Bill Field.
The all-day safety workshop will focus on preparing students
to work in the grain industry.
“They may not work there, but they have to go and be around
grain at home,” Field said.
The workshop will provide eight hours of training
requirements for any young individual who goes to work at a grain
“There were five to six fatalities in young workers last
year, and they had almost zero instruction,” Field said.
He added that the incidents occurred when individuals with
no prior instruction on how to work in the grain industry were either cleaning
the grain bins and an avalanche of grain fell on them or they became caught in
Every participant will receive eight hours of instructional
training, a certificate of attendance and basic protective equipment, including