An independent film company is working on a feature-length film about a grain engulfment that took place in 2010 in Mount Carroll Illinois. Wyatt Whitebread, 14, and Alex Pacas, 19, died after becoming engulfed in a corn bin while on the job. A third victim Will Piper, 20, was rescued. The case led to major changes in regulations for bin entry and teenage employees in the grain industry. I was able to hear Annette Pacas, Alex’s mom, speak at a conference a few years ago. Her presentation made a huge impression on me about how preventable these kinds of tragedies are and how much work is needed to improve safety in ag.
The film team has produced a 10 minute version of the film to promote the production of the feature length film. You can view the short version here. University of Kentucky’s Southeast Center for Agricultural Safety and Injury Prevention is also developing a study guide to go with the feature length film aimed at highschool level ag classes and FFA programs.