A new app released today on iTunes and Google Play Stores will help rural elevators, fire departments and other emergency personnel to save lives.
The Illinois Grain Rescue Tube Locator app uses a GPS system to locate the nearest grain rescue tube to your location, a key component when saving farm workers from drowning in grain filled storage bins.
Illinois Corn Marketing Board, together with the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois, built this tool to try to save lives, and to help build awareness that grain bin entrapments and engulfments make agriculture one of the most dangerous industries in Illinois.
"IL Corn began building this app to try to fill a need for more lifesaving equipment," said Lou Lamoreux, Illinois Corn Marketing Board Chairman. "Every year, we see farmers getting into grain bins when we all know that we shouldn't and every year someone passes away because of this mistake. This app will help ensure that a grain rescue tube can always be located nearby."
"We see this app as another tool in the toolbox if an unfortunate situation occurs and someone is entrapped. By downloading the app ahead of time and having it available, we can speed up the process to save a life," John Lee, Director of Safety, Health, Environmental Services Program, Grain and Feed Association of Illinois.
There have been more than 900 grain-bin entrapments nationwide since 1964, according to data compiled by Purdue University's Agricultural Safety and Health Program. Illinois had 10 grain entrapments in 2010 alone.