Farm Accident - A 39-year-old Clarke County man died last Wednesday after falling victim to a grain bin suffocation accident. Eric Reasland from Creston while working as a hired hand died when the grain inside the bin must have collapsed after the crust broke, causing him to sink into the soybeans and suffocated to death.

Grain bin accidents are preventable. Let’s see, no lanyard, no fall arrest gear, no spotter, no real supervision by a spotter, a million other ways to do this job and no common sense on the part of the farmer who hired him and let him enter the bin without the right equipment. The sad ending to this story is the accident was preventable.

"What they do is they vent the grain bin on as many sides as they can to get the grain rolling in all directions. If you don't vent it then it sucks him in deeper," said Kerns.  "They cut five holes and now they got grain vacs sitting there trying to get the grain out."

According the News Story: Reasland entered the bin and was not heard from for about 8 minutes. According to KCCI, he entered the bin at approximately 8:45 a.m. and the rescue crews were called at about 9:00 a.m. From time of the call the crew took about 25 minutes to arrive on scene. It is unknown how long rescue crews were at the scene although it appears to be a little over 2 hours. At 11:15 the crews can see the man, but are unable to reach him. Reasland was removed from the bin at around 11:45 a.m. He was then taken to a local hospital where he died.

Dozens of firefighters from Murray, Osceola, Winterset, Creston, Humeston and Woodburn worked for hours at the scene. Clark County Sheriff Bill Kerns told KCCI's Mark Tauscheck about 11:15 a.m. that crews could visually see the man, but had not been able to get him out.

Here is the story from WHO-TV.

Authorities Release Name of Victim in Fatal Grain Bin Accident


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