February 27, 2020 – Maryland Farm Bureau and Nationwide have partnered to host a screening of the independent film, “SILO”, on Thursday, March 26 at North Caroline High School in Ridgely at 6pm.
Inspired by true events, the film follows a harrowing day in an American farm town. Disaster strikes when teenager Cody Rose is entrapped in a 50-foot-tall grain bin. When the corn turns to quicksand, family, neighbors, and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue Cody from drowning in the crop that sustained their community for generations.
The film screening is part of Maryland Farm Bureau and Nationwide’s seventh annual grain bin safety campaign, which aims to prevent injuries from happening by widely sharing safe bin-entry procedures, such as maintaining quality grain, testing bin atmosphere for toxic gases, and wearing proper safety equipment.
Maryland Farm Bureau and Nationwide will be donating a grain bin rescue tube to a select fire department in the state. The recipient will be announced at the film screening. Local communities are encouraged to enter the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest for an additional chance to win a grain bin rescue tube and a grain bin entrapment rescue training session.
An online RSVP for the screening of “SILO” is available at bit.ly/SILOMovie. More information on the film is available at silothefilm.com.
Grain Bin Safety Background
In 2014, 38 documented entrapments resulted in 17 deaths, according to Purdue University. It was the highest number since 2010, when at least 26 U.S. workers were killed in grain engulfment.
In 2017, there were 23 documented grain entrapment cases, 9 reported falls into or from grain storage structures, 2 asphyxiations due to deficient oxygen levels or toxic environments, and 8 equipment entanglements, such as those involving floor and sweep augers, that occurred while working inside or around agricultural confined spaces.
About Maryland Farm Bureau
Maryland Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization that serves as the united voice of Maryland farm families. Maryland Farm Bureau’s organizational strength comes from the active participation of over 16,000 individual and family members who belong to the state’s 23 county Farm Bureaus. Since 1915, Maryland Farm Bureau has been committed to promoting and protecting Maryland agriculture and rural life. Maryland Farm Bureau is a proud member of the American Farm Bureau Federation. For more information, visit www.mdfarmbureau.com.
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