- Why grain elevator is one of the most dangerous jobs in the US
- June 17, 2010
There is no more dangerous job in the state of Kansas than working for a farm that grows grain or field beans.
A grain elevator is a building used to store, discharge or process grain and beans.
Over the past three decades, there have been more than 680 deaths for workers on the job in Kansas, and nearly one in 10 of those died working at a grain elevator, according to a recent AP report which cited statistics from OSHA. A total of 48 workers in those elevator deaths died doing what OSHA classifies as “grain and field bean” work.
The report said that an elevator’s combination of many electrical contacts, gears, chains and belts, as well as dust and tons upon tons of grain combine to make an incredibly dangerous workplace where the slightest mistake can result in multiple deaths. OSHA said 21 of the workers were buried under grain, five were crushed by equipment, five died in falls and three were electrocuted. Along with dust explosions, workers can be asphyxiated when the pressure of 60 tons or more of grain prevents their diaphragm from contracting.
Though a line of work can seem harmless, it is nonetheless important to ensure that workers carry a proper amount of life insuranceto provide for loved ones in the event of an accident.
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