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Iowa Has More Grain Bin Accidents Than Any Other State


A study released by Purdue University says Iowa had more grain bin accidents than any other state in the United States in 2015.

According to the study released Tuesday, entrapments in grain bins or other confined spaces on farms were reported in 13 states last year, with the most reported in the Midwest. Iowa had seven incidents, followed by Nebraska with four.

At least two deaths were reported in December 2015 related to grain bin accidents.

A Creston man, 39-year-old Eric Reasland, was removed from a grain bin hours after becoming trapped on Dec. 16. He later died at a local hospital. Just weeks later, 56-year-old Alan Keith Kimm died after he became trapped while vacuuming grain into a semi on Dec. 30 in Keystone.

Despite Iowa's status, the overall number of entrapments on farms nationwide fell to the lowest level in a decade.

The study says there were 47 accidents in grain bins or other confined spaces in 2015 nationwide, which is 34 percent less than 2014. The number of fatalities fell from 31 in 2014 to 25 in 2015.

North Carolina and Ohio reported two accidents each, and single cases were reported in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Connecticut.

If you've been injured in a grain bin accident (or any other work-related accident), call Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485. We'll go over your claim with you and ensure we find the proper path to get you your full & rigthful compensation. We'll pursue every avenue to help alleviate the burdens for you and your family while you recover.

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