Working in agriculture is among the most dangerous of enterprises. With an increase in corn production has also come a rise in the number of deaths in what are called “grain-bin entrapments”. 2014 is on track to be the deadliest year since 2010, when 31 people died in the U.S.  Grain-bin work is regulated by OSHA, and specialized training is provided for teams of first responders assisting in grain-bin rescues.

Photo: Simulation of grain-bin entrapment training.

In this harrowing piece from The Atlantic, reporter Erika Hayasaki shares the story of a young survivor of a grain-bin entrapment.