Training to Prevent Grain Elevators Accidents

NICKERSON, Kan. (AP) _ The hundreds of grain elevators that dot the Kansas plains can be dangerous death traps.

The Kansas Farmers Services Association is responding to the danger by holding classes to train people to help with grain elevator rescues.

Scott Anderson, of the association, says about 80 percent of people who get trapped in an elevator die.

Wednesday, a class of 35 people practiced lifesaving skills at the Farmers Co-op at Nickerson.

Anderson says accidents seems to be on the rise lately as elevators handle more grain.

Last year, about a dozen people died in elevator or grain bin accidents across the United States. So far this year, at least seven people have died being buried under grain.

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