Farm Worker Injuries

Farm Worker Injuries

Although workplace injuries occur every day and can happen to employees in any profession, certain jobs involve higher risk of accidental injury than others. Workers on America’s farms and ranches are often put at risk of serious injury or death, due to their reliance on heavy machinery to complete the duties required of their profession.

Serious injuries that send employees to the hospital may require weeks, months, or years of recovery time and may add up to significant costs for the injured party. Medical bills, rehabilitation, and missed pay due to absence from work often contribute to financial distress for employees who are injured in work-related accidents. If the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the employer, the injured employee may be able to sue for compensation for his or her pain and suffering.

Common injuries reported on farms and ranches include:

•  Injuries related to animal handling including being thrown from horses, injured by cattle, kicked by horses, bitten by dogs and other animal related injuries
•  Heavy machinery collision
•  Crushing caused by machinery
•  Electrocution
•  Amputation
•  Dismemberment
•  Heat-related injuries
•  Machine-entanglement

Workers should make sure to follow all safety rules when operating heavy machinery including tractors, trailers, tillers, hay balers, mowers, combines, harvesters, work trucks, and other types of machinery commonly used by farmers and ranchers.

Employers should provide adequate training for all employees and should make sure to provide safety equipment to all employees. Recommended safety equipment includes the following:

•  Helmets
•  Safety goggles
•  Gloves
•  Protective pants and jackets
•  Work boots
•  Tool belts
•  Face shields
•  Visors

Farm injuries are often exacerbated by the remoteness of their locations and the extreme distances it may be from a hospital or clinic.

Injured workers should be immediately taken in for medical treatment and the incident should be reported to the farm owner or supervisor. If an employee is injured in an accident due to conditions that should have reasonably been anticipated and corrected, he or she may be eligible for compensation for any injuries suffered.

If you have suffered injury due to neglectful actions on the part of your employer, you may be able to pursue compensation. If you would like to know more about farm-related injuries and your legal options, visit the website of the Madison personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C.

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