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(Des Moines Register)   Most farmers who fall into a grain bin of corn never come out alive. This guy is an exception. "Doctors told me if I were 10 years older, my heart would have exploded from how fast it was beating"   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 79
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2013-07-05 04:58:06 PM
Something must be DONE about this nation's grain bin scourge! *pounds desk with fist*
 
2013-07-05 05:38:55 PM
We need giants to shake the bin and then the farmer would float to the top. Like a toy in a cereal box.
 
2013-07-05 05:40:18 PM
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2013-07-05 05:41:01 PM
There's a reason you don't go into bins without safety gear, dorkus.
 
2013-07-05 05:42:59 PM
Gotta stay awake gotta try and shake off
This creeping malaise.
If I don't stand my own ground
How can I find my way out of this maize?
 
2013-07-05 05:43:30 PM
Now can we have a conservation about grain bin safety?
 
2013-07-05 05:43:56 PM
Corny.
 
2013-07-05 05:44:04 PM
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com

Corn must be stored in containers not exceeding 16 oz.
 
2013-07-05 05:45:05 PM
He was up to his ears in corn.
 
2013-07-05 05:46:28 PM

the_rhino: Now can we have a conservation about grain bin safety?


Too soon, man.  It's just too soon.
 
2013-07-05 05:46:28 PM

gopher321: Something must be DONE about this nation's grain bin scourge! *pounds desk with fist*


The only thing that stops a bad guy with a grain bin is a good guy with a grain bin.
 
2013-07-05 05:47:30 PM
"A Grain Bin of Corn" was my indie college band's name
 
2013-07-05 05:48:20 PM

the_rhino: Now can we have a conservation about grain bin safety?


Conservation? No.
Conversation, maybe
 
2013-07-05 05:48:28 PM
www.hwdyk.com
Wanted for questioning
 
2013-07-05 05:48:45 PM
Some folks'll never lose an arm
Then again some folk'll
 
2013-07-05 05:49:04 PM
FTFA: Suddenly, an air pocket sucked him down farther

Air pocket? Not buying it. Actually, the grain became self-aware and after suffering for years at the will of the farmer and his weapons of steel, it had finally had enough.
 
2013-07-05 05:49:54 PM
FTFA:
Farmers routinely face the risk of an accident, but entrapment reports are somewhat rare: The Purdue study found 20 to 30 reports nationwide each year, although researchers expected that more accidents went unreported.

Soooooo, the actual odds of dying are somewhat less than 74%. Something more along the lines of approximately zero percent.
 
2013-07-05 05:50:10 PM
Watch your cornhole bud.
 
2013-07-05 05:51:47 PM
That is one lucky son of a gun. Glad he made it out alive.

Hope he buys a safety harness instead of using a rope. Hope he also knows not to enter a grain bin without having a look out watching over FROM OUTSIDE the opening.
 
2013-07-05 05:52:32 PM
This wouldn't have happened if he had been armed.
 
2013-07-05 05:52:39 PM

obamadidcoke: Wanted for questioning


You win. And we're done here.

/unless someone wants to post a beavis/cornholio pic
 
2013-07-05 05:52:40 PM
What a corn helmet looks like.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-07-05 05:52:41 PM
One firefighter suffered from heat exhaustion and another had an injured shoulder from wedging himself in the rescue tube to keep it from collapsing.

Rescue tube collapsing?  Wedge it open with your body!

/You sir are a hero
 
2013-07-05 05:53:05 PM
Could have gotten him out faster with a weed sprayer, a gallon of gasoline and a lighter.
 
2013-07-05 05:53:49 PM
Young, dumb, and full of corn.
Almost.
 
2013-07-05 05:54:45 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: There's a reason you don't go into bins without safety gear, dorkus.


did you read the article? he had safety gear, an oxygen mask of sorts, and he credits that as being the single reason he survived.

dorkus
 
2013-07-05 05:58:29 PM

ElLoco: Could have gotten him out faster with a weed sprayer, a gallon of gasoline and a lighter.

 
2013-07-05 06:03:40 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com Won't somebody please think of the children?!
 
2013-07-05 06:10:06 PM
"My whole life I've been told that once you go down in a grain bin, you die."

why would you go down on someone in a grain bin anyway?
 
2013-07-05 06:12:42 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: "My whole life I've been told that once you go down in a grain bin, you die."
why would you go down on someone in a grain bin anyway?


In this case, to clear rotten corn that was blocking more corn from properly entering.
 
2013-07-05 06:14:35 PM

WTFDYW: That is one lucky son of a gun. Glad he made it out alive.

Hope he buys a safety harness instead of using a rope. Hope he also knows not to enter a grain bin without having a look out watching over FROM OUTSIDE the opening.


Is it like a climbing harness, where if the corn drops out from under him, he won't fall into the pocket? If so...I don't understand how that's not mandatory (along with a spotter) for anyone dicking around in a silo. Or is it mandatory but not enforced?
 
2013-07-05 06:14:39 PM

BradleyUffner: Dead for Tax Reasons: "My whole life I've been told that once you go down in a grain bin, you die."
why would you go down on someone in a grain bin anyway?

In this case, to clear rotten corn that was blocking more corn from properly entering.


if she has rotten corn down there i don't want to be sticking my corn in anyway
 
2013-07-05 06:15:41 PM
Do they just walk on it or what?

http://3dsmodels.com/textures/Objects/758045.JPG

Not sure if it would work against air pockets...
 
2013-07-05 06:16:23 PM
you know, either using the buddy system or an anchored safety harness could make that fatality number drop to 0%.  they haven't figured something out yet?  lol idiots.
 
2013-07-05 06:16:46 PM
Farm accidents are in the top ten ways guys get killed. My cousin was trying to step over an auger in a silo to turn it off and he fell in. the ager caught his overalls and pulled him in until his uncle ran over to turn it off.
He would have been toast if not for my uncle.

Also this same cousin ran into the transformer shack to escape a thunderstorm. Got struck by lightning. Didn't get killed but his shirt got burnt off.

/not the brightest crayon in the box.
 
2013-07-05 06:17:48 PM
Bill_Wick's_Friend:

Gotta stay awake gotta try and shake off
This creeping malaise.
If I don't stand my own ground
How can I find my way out of this maize?


That was a real dog of a pun.

/ would have gone with "He was saved by amaizing grace."
 
2013-07-05 06:20:10 PM
i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-07-05 06:20:58 PM

Lady Indica: WTFDYW: That is one lucky son of a gun. Glad he made it out alive.

Hope he buys a safety harness instead of using a rope. Hope he also knows not to enter a grain bin without having a look out watching over FROM OUTSIDE the opening.

Is it like a climbing harness, where if the corn drops out from under him, he won't fall into the pocket? If so...I don't understand how that's not mandatory (along with a spotter) for anyone dicking around in a silo. Or is it mandatory but not enforced?


"You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons. "
 
2013-07-05 06:23:02 PM

Astorix: Farm accidents are in the top ten ways guys get killed. My cousin was trying to step over an auger in a silo to turn it off and he fell in. the ager caught his overalls and pulled him in until his uncle ran over to turn it off.
He would have been toast if not for my uncle.

Also this same cousin ran into the transformer shack to escape a thunderstorm. Got struck by lightning. Didn't get killed but his shirt got burnt off.

/not the brightest crayon in the box.


Your cousin is obviously a super hero with an extra chromosome. He's not too bright, but he can't be killed by anything on this earth.
 
2013-07-05 06:23:18 PM
This is why we need to kill all the corn while they're still babies.

smhttp.14409.nexcesscdn.net
 
2013-07-05 06:26:50 PM

Lady Indica: WTFDYW: That is one lucky son of a gun. Glad he made it out alive.

Hope he buys a safety harness instead of using a rope. Hope he also knows not to enter a grain bin without having a look out watching over FROM OUTSIDE the opening.

Is it like a climbing harness, where if the corn drops out from under him, he won't fall into the pocket? If so...I don't understand how that's not mandatory (along with a spotter) for anyone dicking around in a silo. Or is it mandatory but not enforced?


It is mandatory for an employee at a commercial grain elevator, but if you are going into your own bin on your own farm, you can do whatever dumbass thing you want.
 
2013-07-05 06:26:56 PM

Mark Ratner: Astorix: Farm accidents are in the top ten ways guys get killed. My cousin was trying to step over an auger in a silo to turn it off and he fell in. the ager caught his overalls and pulled him in until his uncle ran over to turn it off.
He would have been toast if not for my uncle.

Also this same cousin ran into the transformer shack to escape a thunderstorm. Got struck by lightning. Didn't get killed but his shirt got burnt off.

/not the brightest crayon in the box.

Your cousin is obviously a super hero with an extra chromosome. He's not too bright, but he can't be killed by anything on this earth.



And somewhere out there is his exact opposite: They call him....Mr Grass.
 
2013-07-05 06:29:16 PM

Combustion: And somewhere out there is his exact opposite: They call him....Mr Grass.


Damn that was a terrible movie.  I saw it at a second run theater for like $2, and I still wanted my money back.
 
2013-07-05 06:29:19 PM
What a  pud.
Seems like he had Survivor's eye of the tiger.
Good thing he wasn't  skinned alive.

/I forgot how to do this
 
2013-07-05 06:32:49 PM
So he got cornholed?
 
2013-07-05 06:34:25 PM

js34603: Some folks'll never lose an arm
Then again some folk'll


Like Cletus the slack-jawed yokel.
 
2013-07-05 06:37:52 PM

farkMcFark: Won't somebody please think of the children?!



b.vimeocdn.com
 
2013-07-05 06:38:53 PM
Way back when that happened in a silo near where I was working. Two men fell in a corn silo. you'd think the corn would act like a dense bed but it acts like ball bearings, and you slide beneath the surface until your specific gravity equalizes at the depth of the corn around you.
 
2013-07-05 06:41:11 PM
white (corn) people problems.
 
2013-07-05 06:43:53 PM
Next time they should light a big fire under the corn bin. He'll pop right out.
 
2013-07-05 06:52:53 PM

Lady Indica: Or is it mandatory but not enforced?


It's the rule for commercial operations, and it's saved a lot of people. But we let "family farms" do more or less whatever they want. Very few safety regulations, exempt from minimum wage and child labor laws, etc.
 
2013-07-05 06:55:22 PM

Captain Steroid: [i.chzbgr.com image 500x841]


GOD DAMMIT, WADDLES.
 
2013-07-05 06:56:17 PM
Holy shiat.
 
2013-07-05 06:58:21 PM

Astorix: Farm accidents are in the top ten ways guys get killed. My cousin was trying to step over an auger in a silo to turn it off and he fell in. the ager caught his overalls and pulled him in until his uncle ran over to turn it off.
He would have been toast if not for my uncle.

Also this same cousin ran into the transformer shack to escape a thunderstorm. Got struck by lightning. Didn't get killed but his shirt got burnt off.

/not the brightest crayon in the box.


I bet he was the brightest. For about 1/1000th of a second.

*BANGFOOOOOM*
 
2013-07-05 07:00:11 PM

aesirx: HotIgneous Intruder: There's a reason you don't go into bins without safety gear, dorkus.

did you read the article? he had safety gear, an oxygen mask of sorts, and he credits that as being the single reason he survived.

dorkus


OSH says that isn't enough. It's considered a "confined space" and there are specific guidelines you must adhere to if you want to enter one. This guy wasn't even close to being in compliance.
 
2013-07-05 07:00:59 PM
I recall seeing an exhibit that demonstrated the force in a corn silo... You can't pull out an average person with a rope, even with help. Sometimes the dust in those silos explodes.
 
2013-07-05 07:03:42 PM
Will you do it again? "Yes, I'm a farmer" - no, you're a moron who shouldn't be alive. Darwin really shiat the bed on this one.
 
2013-07-05 07:05:11 PM

BroncoFan_17: aesirx: HotIgneous Intruder: There's a reason you don't go into bins without safety gear, dorkus.

did you read the article? he had safety gear, an oxygen mask of sorts, and he credits that as being the single reason he survived.

dorkus

OSH says that isn't enough. It's considered a "confined space" and there are specific guidelines you must adhere to if you want to enter one. This guy wasn't even close to being in compliance.


Again, as others have said, OSHA regulations do not apply to agriculture, unless you are a large commercial operation like a Cargill elevator, ADM plant, what have you. Small farms don't have OSHA regulations. They'd be smart to follow them, but they don't have to.
 
2013-07-05 07:07:52 PM

buzzcut73: BroncoFan_17: aesirx: HotIgneous Intruder: There's a reason you don't go into bins without safety gear, dorkus.

did you read the article? he had safety gear, an oxygen mask of sorts, and he credits that as being the single reason he survived.

dorkus

OSH says that isn't enough. It's considered a "confined space" and there are specific guidelines you must adhere to if you want to enter one. This guy wasn't even close to being in compliance.

Again, as others have said, OSHA regulations do not apply to agriculture, unless you are a large commercial operation like a Cargill elevator, ADM plant, what have you. Small farms don't have OSHA regulations. They'd be smart to follow them, but they don't have to.


For some stupid retarded reason farms don't have to ensure their workers safety. It is only this way to keep the cost of food low.
 
2013-07-05 07:10:59 PM

SevenizGud: Soooooo, the actual odds of dying are somewhat less than 74%. Something more along the lines of approximately zero percent.


Soooooo, between reading the article and pulling things out of your ass you think you know all about grain bins? You're already on the internet, using the google can reduce your risk of looking like an ignorant city kid.
 
2013-07-05 07:11:51 PM

BroncoFan_17: OSH says that isn't enough


I have better luck with advice from Lowes. But, they have craftsman tools at Osh, which is nice
 
2013-07-05 07:17:54 PM
I've been in few empty ones. Lot's of dead rats.
 
2013-07-05 07:22:08 PM

Russ1642: buzzcut73: BroncoFan_17: aesirx: HotIgneous Intruder: There's a reason you don't go into bins without safety gear, dorkus.

did you read the article? he had safety gear, an oxygen mask of sorts, and he credits that as being the single reason he survived.

dorkus

OSH says that isn't enough. It's considered a "confined space" and there are specific guidelines you must adhere to if you want to enter one. This guy wasn't even close to being in compliance.

Again, as others have said, OSHA regulations do not apply to agriculture, unless you are a large commercial operation like a Cargill elevator, ADM plant, what have you. Small farms don't have OSHA regulations. They'd be smart to follow them, but they don't have to.

For some stupid retarded reason farms don't have to ensure their workers safety. It is only this way to keep the cost of food low.


Actually, it's because the farmer and family members own the farm they work on. The co-op elevators all follow OSHA guidelines. On family farms, OSHA is generally overkill.

I've had friends die in farm accidents, and OSHA wouldn't have helped either one of them. One hit a high voltage line crop dusting and blew up his plane (and he was a very experienced, very good pilot. He just made one little mistake and it killed him), the other was crushed by a steer.

These things happen sometimes. It isn't common, but there is inherent risk in the job.
 
2013-07-05 07:27:11 PM

blatz514: Watch your cornhole bud.


Who you callin' bud, pal?
 
2013-07-05 07:27:32 PM

redslippers: Russ1642: buzzcut73: BroncoFan_17: aesirx: HotIgneous Intruder: There's a reason you don't go into bins without safety gear, dorkus.

did you read the article? he had safety gear, an oxygen mask of sorts, and he credits that as being the single reason he survived.

dorkus

OSH says that isn't enough. It's considered a "confined space" and there are specific guidelines you must adhere to if you want to enter one. This guy wasn't even close to being in compliance.

Again, as others have said, OSHA regulations do not apply to agriculture, unless you are a large commercial operation like a Cargill elevator, ADM plant, what have you. Small farms don't have OSHA regulations. They'd be smart to follow them, but they don't have to.

For some stupid retarded reason farms don't have to ensure their workers safety. It is only this way to keep the cost of food low.

Actually, it's because the farmer and family members own the farm they work on. The co-op elevators all follow OSHA guidelines. On family farms, OSHA is generally overkill.

I've had friends die in farm accidents, and OSHA wouldn't have helped either one of them. One hit a high voltage line crop dusting and blew up his plane (and he was a very experienced, very good pilot. He just made one little mistake and it killed him), the other was crushed by a steer.

These things happen sometimes. It isn't common, but there is inherent risk in the job.


Except family farms are always hiring non-family workers. And being a family doesn't suddenly make you immune to injury at work. In fact it makes these people complacent with their unsafe work practices.
 
2013-07-05 07:31:25 PM
Is your common sense so lacking, to go into that thing without anyone else there or a safety harness?
 
2013-07-05 07:41:25 PM

Russ1642: redslippers: Russ1642: buzzcut73: BroncoFan_17: aesirx: HotIgneous Intruder: There's a reason you don't go into bins without safety gear, dorkus.

did you read the article? he had safety gear, an oxygen mask of sorts, and he credits that as being the single reason he survived.

dorkus

OSH says that isn't enough. It's considered a "confined space" and there are specific guidelines you must adhere to if you want to enter one. This guy wasn't even close to being in compliance.

Again, as others have said, OSHA regulations do not apply to agriculture, unless you are a large commercial operation like a Cargill elevator, ADM plant, what have you. Small farms don't have OSHA regulations. They'd be smart to follow them, but they don't have to.

For some stupid retarded reason farms don't have to ensure their workers safety. It is only this way to keep the cost of food low.

Actually, it's because the farmer and family members own the farm they work on. The co-op elevators all follow OSHA guidelines. On family farms, OSHA is generally overkill.

I've had friends die in farm accidents, and OSHA wouldn't have helped either one of them. One hit a high voltage line crop dusting and blew up his plane (and he was a very experienced, very good pilot. He just made one little mistake and it killed him), the other was crushed by a steer.

These things happen sometimes. It isn't common, but there is inherent risk in the job.

Except family farms are always hiring non-family workers. And being a family doesn't suddenly make you immune to injury at work. In fact it makes these people complacent with their unsafe work practices.


This guy was an owner. He should have been harnessed. But the government can't tell him what he can do in his own grain bin.

Farm accidents have become much more rare, but there is no way to enforce what a farmer does on their private property. I live in a rural farming community. Bins are as ubiquitous as trees. And I don't know a single farmer who would let a hired hand clear a clog in a grain bin. They recognize the risk and take it themselves.
 
2013-07-05 07:48:14 PM
One hundred to 120 people responded for Baker's rescue

Let's see THAT happen in NYC or LA. Heh.
 
2013-07-05 07:48:16 PM

SurelyShirley: blatz514: Watch your cornhole bud.

Who you callin' bud, pal?


Is this where I ask for a Pepsi free?
 
2013-07-05 07:59:15 PM
Was that really the best picture they could put with the article?

...I guess the others were too grainy.
 
2013-07-05 08:45:56 PM

bmihura: Let's see THAT happen in NYC or LA. Heh.


The power of having nothing else to do.
 
2013-07-05 09:11:44 PM

Lady Indica: WTFDYW: That is one lucky son of a gun. Glad he made it out alive.

Hope he buys a safety harness instead of using a rope. Hope he also knows not to enter a grain bin without having a look out watching over FROM OUTSIDE the opening.

Is it like a climbing harness, where if the corn drops out from under him, he won't fall into the pocket? If so...I don't understand how that's not mandatory (along with a spotter) for anyone dicking around in a silo. Or is it mandatory but not enforced?


It's mandatory for commercial grain operations. Family farms are pretty much exempt as long as they don't have outside hired help. If they have hired help, a call to OSHA is required in the event of a death. If anyone such as local authorities call OSHA, you will get a knock at the door fairly soon.
 
2013-07-05 09:15:32 PM

WTFDYW: Lady Indica: WTFDYW: That is one lucky son of a gun. Glad he made it out alive.

Hope he buys a safety harness instead of using a rope. Hope he also knows not to enter a grain bin without having a look out watching over FROM OUTSIDE the opening.

Is it like a climbing harness, where if the corn drops out from under him, he won't fall into the pocket? If so...I don't understand how that's not mandatory (along with a spotter) for anyone dicking around in a silo. Or is it mandatory but not enforced?

It's mandatory for commercial grain operations. Family farms are pretty much exempt as long as they don't have outside hired help. If they have hired help, a call to OSHA is required in the event of a death within eight hours. If anyone such as local authorities if there is only a n entrapment but survivescall OSHA, you will get a knock at the door fairly soon. However, this would apply to only operations with non family workers.


FTFM
 
2013-07-05 09:18:55 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: BradleyUffner: Dead for Tax Reasons: "My whole life I've been told that once you go down in a grain bin, you die."
why would you go down on someone in a grain bin anyway?

In this case, to clear rotten corn that was blocking more corn from properly entering.

if she has rotten corn down there i don't want to be sticking my corncob in anyway


FTFY
 
2013-07-05 09:26:05 PM
matchbin-assets.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-07-06 12:45:12 AM
Marketing gimmick.  He's selling helmets.
 
2013-07-06 01:06:26 AM
Farm accidents are scary as all hell.

When I was a very young kid in the Fifties in then rural north central Illinois, a local farmer was out drilling post holes with an auger powered by the PTO on his tractor.  He got too close and his clothing got caught on tghe auger and it just beat him to death.  His body was found, hours later, still going round and round, snagged by the auger.

Thirty some years ago, my wife and I went up to the farm of her sister and brother-in-law  in Jewell, IA.  As we pulled in, we saw Sterling had a conveyor belt/auger running off the PTO of a tractor, loading corn up into a silo.  As the pile of corn ran out at the base, the long funnel tube began to rise up into the air.  Stupidly, I thought the thing to do was grab it and pull it down.   Wrong.  The weight of the corn up at the top was more than my 200 lbs and the corn at the bottom and it suddenly lifted me six or so feet into the air.  I had the presence of mind to let go and drop at that point.  It went up another ten feedt or so and then crashed.  Had I not let go, I would have been seriously injured.
 
2013-07-06 01:23:06 AM
Came here to ask when OSHA would be beating the hell out of whoever thought this was a good idea, but I see it's covered.
 
2013-07-06 01:55:02 AM

Aulus: Farm accidents are scary as all hell.

When I was a very young kid in the Fifties in then rural north central Illinois, a local farmer was out drilling post holes with an auger powered by the PTO on his tractor.  He got too close and his clothing got caught on tghe auger and it just beat him to death.  His body was found, hours later, still going round and round, snagged by the auger.

Thirty some years ago, my wife and I went up to the farm of her sister and brother-in-law  in Jewell, IA.  As we pulled in, we saw Sterling had a conveyor belt/auger running off the PTO of a tractor, loading corn up into a silo.  As the pile of corn ran out at the base, the long funnel tube began to rise up into the air.  Stupidly, I thought the thing to do was grab it and pull it down.   Wrong.  The weight of the corn up at the top was more than my 200 lbs and the corn at the bottom and it suddenly lifted me six or so feet into the air.  I had the presence of mind to let go and drop at that point.  It went up another ten feedt or so and then crashed.  Had I not let go, I would have been seriously injured.


I'm glad you are alive to tell about it. It may be mundane to the people that do it year after year after year, but it really is serious shiat that needs to be thought about before and while you are doing what needs to be done.
 
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