Nominate your fire department to win a grain rescue tube

Grain Bin Safety Week

Initiated by Nationwide in 2014, Grain Bin Safety Week is an annual campaign recurring the third full week of February to promote grain bin safety on farms and commercial grain-handling facilities.

A collaborative effort with industry leaders and agricultural professionals, Grain Bin Safety Week was created to raise awareness about grain bin dangers, provide education and share best safety practices. Together, we hope to reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths associated with grain handling and storage.

Over the years, Grain Bin Safety Week has been made possible in part by the generous support of CHS, West Side Salvage, Specialty Risk Insurance and our many other partners.

Injuries and fatalities: the startling facts

  • Suffocation from engulfment is a leading cause of death in grain bin accidents.
  • It takes only seconds to be completely engulfed in flowing grain or overcome by oxygen-deficient atmospheres.
  • 24 documented grain entrapments resulted in 14 deaths (58% fatality rate) in 2015.
  • 38 documented grain entrapments resulted in 18 deaths in 2014 – the highest recorded since 2010.
  • In 2010, at least 26 U.S. workers were killed in grain engulfments − the highest fatalities on record.

Source: 2015 Summary of U.S. Agricultural Confined Space-Related Injuries and Fatalities

Nominate your fire department for a grain bin rescue tube

Grain Bin Safety Week also promotes awareness of life-saving grain extraction methods and procedures that help first responders rescue farmers and other workers who've been trapped in grain bins or other storage facilities.

Beginning January 1 and running through April 30, the annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest enables communities to nominate their local fire department to win a grain rescue tube. In addition to the rescue tube, winners also receive specialized rescue training.

Dan Neenan, director of the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), has visited the Des Moines campus with his state-of-the-art grain entrapment simulator. It’s used to conduct rescue tube training.

Prior to the staged entrapment, local media was invited to cover the event, which resulted in helpful promotion on TV:

Since 2014, the contest has received over 2,500 nominations. Over 110 fire departments across more than 25 states have been awarded grain rescue tubes. One of those winners, the Westphalia Fire Department in Kansas, used their skills to rescue a man entrapped in a grain bin in 2015.

Making donations is easy

To make a donation, visit or contact Paul Stevenson at 816-587-1891.

Get the latest news release

View or download our news release to learn more about Grain Bin Safety Week and share it with others.

2018 Grain Bin Safety Week proclamations

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed an official state proclamation on February 7, 2018 recognizing the fifth-annual Grain Bin Safety Week to be observed February 18-24, 2018.

About us

Our history began in 1909 when a group of determined Iowa farmers and grain elevator owners joined together to create an insurance company that would provide an alternative source of dependable, affordable insurance to protect against their losses. 

While staying close to our roots, we’ve spread across the country and operate in 48 states. We’ve also grown our product offerings to keep pace with the evolving agribusiness industry.

Today, Nationwide is the #1 farm insurer in the U.S. and a leader in insurance and risk management solutions for commercial agribusinesses along the food, fiber and fuel chains.

While agriculture and its related businesses have radically changed over the past century, our commitment has not. We remain dedicated to the business and the people who are American agriculture, and we pledge to continue our tradition of service, safety and integrity – just as we did more than 100 years ago.

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