Nationwide Hosts Fourth Annual Grain Bin Safety Contest to Help Save Lives

Posted: January 12, 2017

Through nomination or donation, help first responders get the tools and training to perform successful grain bin rescues.
Nationwide - Working Together To Save Lives

Nationwide - Working Together To Save Lives

For the fourth consecutive year, Nationwide is collaborating with industry leaders and agricultural professionals to host the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest as part of this year’s Grain Bin Safety Week.

The safety contest runs from January 1 through May 31. It will award grain rescue tubes and specialized hands-on training to help first responders save lives when farmers and other workers become dangerously entrapped in grain bins and other grain storage structures.

“Deploying a grain rescue tube is the only way to safely remove someone trapped in grain,” said Brad Liggett, president of Nationwide Agribusiness. “Until we can convince all farmers and other grain handlers to develop a zero-entry mentality, we will continue to make tubes available.”

Since its inception in 2014, the contest has attracted over 1,000 nominations and awarded tubes and training to 32 fire departments across 15 states. One of those winners — the Westphalia Fire Department in Kansas — used their new skills in 2015 to rescue a man who became entrapped in a grain bin.

For more information about Grain Bin Safety Week, visit

Grain Bin Safety Week 2017 is made possible by generous support of our GBSW sponsors. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Doug Becker at 515-508-5590 or

To inquire about Grain Bin Safety Training through the Penn State Ag Safety program please contact Steve Brown at or visit our website.