The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) – in partnership with Moose Creek Fire Station and with support from Corteva Agriscience – will be hosting a grain safety event this Saturday, July 16,  to educate farmers and other locals on the importance of safe grain handling. Tutorials will be held using new specialized grain safety equipment donated through CASA’s partnership with Corteva Agriscience. 

The purpose of the course is to demonstrate the new technologies brought to Ontario fire departments to help victims who are entrapped in grain, and to spread awareness of grain and farm safety. The training will run on Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Domar Farms Ltd., 17331 Sandringham, Moose Creek. Lunch will be provided after the training.

Participants will be broken into groups of four to take turns performing the different roles – victim, rescuer, and helper. The ‘victim’ will be entrapped in flowing grain, while two rescuers and one helper will extricate them from the grain using a cofferdam and pencil auger. The victim role helps trainees gain an understanding of the physical pressure grain entrapment has on the body.  

A Master Trainer will guide trainees through the rescue and help them with various technical aspects, including:  

  • Cofferdam Assembly 
  • Hazard identification/communication 
  • Potential health effects on victim