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Purdue's Agricultural Safety and Health Program (ASHP) staff recently documented fatal and non-fatal engulfment cases occurring in farm grain bins from 1966 to 1998.
They also interviewed survivors, witnesses and emergency personnel involved in rescue operations at engulfment sites.
Fatal engulfment cases logged in the Purdue University Agricultural Entrapment Database (PUAED) were summarized to better quantify the engulfment problem and identify contributing factors for the curriculum.
A systems approach was used to incorporate all of the factors that might lead to an engulfment into a solution.
ASHP staff explored these and other aspects to develop a core curriculum content, which initially concentrated on hazard awareness and engulfment scenario information.