JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Region 8 News often reports on grain bin accidents across Region 8, but a safety seminar hopes to combat the number of accidents.
Farmers along with first responders attended a grain bin safety seminar at the NEA Expo and Conference Center in Jonesboro Wednesday morning.
Ozark Mountain Poultry and Valley View Agri Systems sponsored the event.
Ed Fryar, CEO of Ozark Mountain Poultry, said safety is a team effort.
"Safety is not a competitive advantage," Fryar said. "If there is something we can do to help workplace safety with other companies also, we are going to share that information."
Jim Cochran, CEO and owner of Valley View Agri Systems, said it is important for everyone in the industry to have the same information.
"I think there is a lot of misinformation out there with our customers and with the people in this industry on how to do rescues," Cochran said.
Arkansas State University's Disaster Preparedness Education Department helped facilitate the seminar.
Dr. Brent Cox, assistant professor at A-State, spoke to the industry workers and said it is vital to reiterate the safety measures needed.
"Help them remember that it does happen," Cox said. "It will happen, and we have to be reminded of that constantly to be safe."
Cox helped perform a live rescue demonstration at the event to show the crowd first-hand how serious a grain bin accident can be.
Valley View Agri Systems also raffled a GSI rescue tube to someone who attended the seminar.
Nearly 200 people attended the event.
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