The Tragic Story of Layne and Swoop – Be Grain Safe

When an accident happens people always say, “it all happened so fast.”

This is very true.

In an instant, precious life can turn to tragic ending. This morning I watched this FarmOn video (see below) that tells the story of Layne and Swoop. Their story about a family farm, an unloading grain truck and two tragic deaths. Swoop and Layne were two of the seven people in Canada that were tragically killed by grain entrapment in 2015.


In my short time in trying to raise money for Be Grain Safe (building Canada’s first grain entrapment training unit) some farmers have told me that grain entrapment risks are not a big issue on their farm.

Barry (son to Swoop) talked in the video about how his family’s safety experience working at the gas plant did not transfer to the farm at all times.  Grain entrapment likely wasn’t perceived as a risk on Barry’s farm prior to this tragic incident either.

Your farm is likely no different than the one that Layne and Swoop lived and worked on. Learn from their life ending mistake, it cost them their life. Don’t let grain entrapment cost you like it has cost them.

You can donate to Be Grain Safe to raise money for Canada’s first grain entrapment unit by donating today and help us get closer to our $50,000 target.

A very special thank you to FarmOn for making this video and telling the story of Layne and Swoop.


Shaun Haney

Shaun Haney is the founder of He creates content regularly and hosts RealAg Radio on Rural Radio 147 every weekday at 4:30 PM est. @shaunhaney


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A tragic story. Maybe this will be enough to keep others from experiencing such pain and hardship.


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