(Elva grain elevator, DeKalb County, Illinois)
The other day I ran across an ad from an insurance brokerage firm (I’m guessing they’re located in Kansas). The ad was aimed at agricultural workers, specifically people whose work involved grain elevators. It was a lengthy ad selling life insurance. The ad began with…………
“If you go to work every day in the state of Kansas, the odds that you’ll come home injured – or not at all – are multiplied if you work on a farm that grows grain or field beans. It may sound odd, but working at a grain elevator (a building used to store or process grain and beans), is one dangerous occupation.
Over the course of the past three decades, 680 workers in Kansas have lost their lives on the job, and nearly one in 10 of those died working at a grain elevator. That data comes from statistics provided by OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.”
The ad then continues on to enumerate (at length) all the various horrible ways that a worker could possibly die in a grain elevator accident, and concludes with……………
“It all goes to show that, though a particular line of work may seem harmless, it can nonetheless be important to ensure that workers carry a proper amount of life insurance to provide for loved ones in the event of an accident.”
The strange thing to me in this ad was the fact that it seems they felt they needed to define a grain elevator for people who work with grain elevators. Or maybe the ad was aimed at the spouse who was lied to by the employee about any risks.