Farm Equipment Accidents
Farming is a vital industry that literally provides the essential resources to sustain our communities. However, due to the nature of agricultural work and the equipment involved, accidents resulting in personal injuries or death can and do frequently occur. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, farming is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Farming causes 20 deaths per 100,000 full time workers per year, while the average in the United States is 3.6 deaths per 100,000 workers.
Injuries are often caused by tractor overturns, roadway crashes, falls, slips, and trips, violent animals, exposure to dangerous pesticides, fertilizers, or other chemicals, machinery malfunctions, negligent maintenance of buildings and silos, a lack of training on how to use dangerous equipment, an employer failing to provide proper protective gear, or the failure to warn of known dangers on the farm.