Rockton Survior Speaks at Grain Handling Safety Workshop

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STATELINE (WIFR) – We’re hearing for the first time from the local farmer who was stuck in a grain bin for more than 5 hours last month while waiting for emergency responders. Roger Bates says he’s lucky to be alive.

“I was one of the very fortunate people. I had planned on doing a dangerous job and that’s why I saved myself because of having people alert around me.”

Bates nearly died a month ago and today he was at Pearl City Elevator in Lena where the U of I Extension and Grain Handling Safety Coalition held a workshop for local farmers.

Over 20 workers learned what they can do to avoid harmful situations. The coalition believes this knowledge could go a long way towards preventing dozens of deaths and injuries that occur each year.

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