WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Young people on family-operated grain
farms and beginning workers in the commercial grain industry can learn how to
stay safe in their work by attending daylong training offered by Purdue
“Safe Grain Storage and Handling for Youth and Beginning
Workers” will be offered Sept. 30 at Brock Manufacturing, Milford; Oct. 2 at the
Beck Educational Center, West Lafayette; and Oct. 16 at the FFA Leadership
Center, Trafalgar. Training will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.
Steve Wettschurack, a Purdue farm rescue instructor, said
the goal is to provide basic awareness safety and health training needed by
young people interested in pursuing employment in the commercial grain industry
or who already are employed on family-operated farms with grain storage
He said about one in every five victims of serious accidents
at grain storage and handling facilities are people under the age of 21.
“The primary cause of these tragic events has been the lack
of awareness of basic hazards associated with storage and handling of grain and
failure to comply with safe grain-handling practices,” he said.
Participants will learn the importance of the grain industry
and career opportunities. Topics to be discussed include primary hazards
associated with grain storage and handling, common ways workers become entrapped
in flowing grain, basic safety practices, types of personal protective
equipment, rights of workers under the provisions of the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration and steps to take in the event of an emergency.
Sponsors of the training are Purdue’s Agricultural Safety
and Health Program, U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA Susan Hardwood Grant, Indiana
Rural Safety and Health Council, Brock Manufacturing and Farm Bureau
There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is
required. Basic personal protective equipment and lunch will be provided.
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance and
samples of basic personal protective equipment commonly used in the grain
Farm youth working on family-operated grain farms, high
school and community college students interested in a career or summer
employment in agriculture or the grain industry, FFA members and young and
beginning workers in the commercial grain industry are encouraged to
To register or for more information, contact Wettschurack at
(765) 714-4557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.