Top 4 Farm Accidents - Personal Injury Legal Blogs Posted by Michael John Tario - Lawyers.com

Some may idealize the beauty of working
the land to harvest food and grain without acknowledging the inherent risk for
farm accidents. Compared to the simple tools used thousands of years ago,
today’s farmers must contend with modern machinery and chemicals. Farming
accidents are a real factor to consider when becoming a farmer or looking for
farming work. Read on for a discussion of farm accident statistics and farm
safety tips.

Farm Accident Statistics

Fatalities

  • In 2012
    alone there were 374 farming related deaths; resulting in a very high
    fatality rate of 20.2 deaths per 100,000 workers. Tractor overturns were
    the leading cause of death for these farmers and farm workers with about
    270 per year.
  • On
    average, 113 youth under the age of 20 die every year from farm-related
    injuries (taken from statistics between 1995 and 2002), with 34 percent of
    these deaths occurring to youth between 16 and 19 years of age.
  • 23 percent
    of all deaths among youth involved machinery (including tractors).

Injuries

  • Agricultural
    workers suffer work-place injuries at a high rate compared to other types
    of work. Every day, about 167 agricultural workers suffer an injury that
    requires time off from work to recover; five percent of these injuries
    result in permanent impairment.
  • In 2012, approximately
    14,000 youth were injured on farms; 2,700 of these injuries were as a
    result of farm work.

Top 4 Farm Accidents

1. Tractor accidents are by far the most
common and deadly farming accidents; tractor related deaths account for
anywhere between 250 and 300 deaths per year. The most common cause for serious injury involving a tractor is the
rollover. Technology does exist for rollover protective structures and high quality
seat belts but many tractors do not come with that equipment.

2. With the amount of grain, fruit, hay,
and other commodities that get moved around a farm, sometimes worker become
entrapped under a load of product in a silo, barn, or other similar structure.

3. Many farmers use heavy doses of
chemicals to care for their livestock, enhance soil, and treat produce. There
is potential for farm workers to become exposed and sick from these chemicals
which can lead to both short and long term negative health effects.

4. Injuries occur from direct contact with
farm animals including trampling, sickness, etc.

Tips on Preventing Farm Accidents

The OSHA fact sheet offers
insight into the lead causes of farming accidents and how to prevent them:
Common accident factors include: Roll-over protective structures for tractors, emergency
preparedness, age of workers, and protective equipment for farming machinery.

The most effective way to prevent tractor overturn deaths
by tractors is the use of a Roll-Over
Protective Structure (ROPS)
. In 2012, just 59 percent of tractors used on
farms in the U.S. were equipped with ROPS. It is believed that
survival rate of overturn when in a properly protected tractor improves from a frightening
38 percent up to 99 percent. These numbers show that it is irresponsible not to
provide these safety elements on all tractor models.

Farmers should embrace emergency preparedness as a way to
prevent or best handle accidents. It is important to consider that farms are
often in rural areas with a long drive to a hospital. In order to prepare for
possible accidents, farmers should take inventory of all hazardous material and
equipment on the premises and supply the proper measures to deal with injury. For
example, a physical injury will require first aid; a chemical burn can require
poison prevention, etc.

People under the age of 15 and over the age of 65 are most likely to be injured in
general and that applies on the farm as well. Farm owners should accommodate
those people most at risk and make sure they have the proper safety equipment,
training and, if applicable, supervision to avoid an accident.

Protective
equipment
on farm machines is critical for
safety. Farming equipment is usually large and capable of chopping, shredding,
gathering, and more. Seat belts and other protective measures are rarely
required by law so shortcuts are often taken despite the lives and injuries
that could be saved if they were used.

If you or a loved one were injured in
an accident, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced
accident
attorney
fight for the full compensation that
you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance
company that is two to three times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the
caring accident attorneys at
Tario
& Associates, P.S
. today for a FREE consultation! You
will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages
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Some may idealize the beauty of working
the land to harvest food and grain without acknowledging the inherent risk for
farm accidents. Compared to the simple tools used thousands of years ago,
today’s farmers must contend with modern machinery and chemicals. Farming
accidents are a real factor to consider when becoming a farmer or looking for
farming work. Read on for a discussion of farm accident statistics and farm
safety tips.

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