Sponsorship furthers company’s goal to support local farmers
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – At the 2019 Alabama Feed and Grain Association (AFGA) Grain Expo on Jan. 19, Aviagen® joined five local companies in sponsoring grain bin rescue walls, marketed under the name, “the Great Wall of Rescue.” AFGA will present the six walls to a local fire rescue squad to assist in grain bin rescue operations.
According to a 2013 report from researchers at Purdue University in Indiana, more than 900 cases of grain entrapment were reported across the U.S., with a fatality rate of 62 percent in the past 50 years.
Suffocation from grain entrapment is a risk for people working in and around grain storage facilities. A U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fact sheet on grain storage bins states that “flowing grain acts like quicksand and can bury a person in seconds.”
Aviagen’s Director of Feed Production Richard Obermeyer, who is a member of the AFGA’s Board of Directors, says that the danger may be most prevalent for smaller, local farmers who lack commercial safety procedures and resources.
“Aviagen is committed to the people in local communities where we do business. We purchase all of our grain from local farmers, and donating a rescue wall presented a chance for us to give back, and maybe in doing so, help to save a life someday,” added Obermeyer.