Agricultural work is one of the most dangerous lines of work. Farmers and other agricultural workers are at risk for suffering a multitude of injuries on the job.
How many agricultural workers are there in the United States? According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, more than 4 million individuals worked in agricultural (in some capacity) in 2012.
In the same year, 374 agricultural workers died from farm-related accidents. Farm-related injuries are much more common. Approximately 167 farm workers are injured every day.
The most common farm accidents
Some of the most common farm-related accidents are:
- Tractor accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Falls in grain bins and other types of falls
- Farm equipment accidents
- Chemical exposure-related accidents
Ag workers are also at risk for developing work-related illnesses. Valley Fever is a fungal infection that affects the respiratory tract. It is common in the Central Valley of California, and can be fatal.
Heat-related illnesses are also very common. In serious cases, heat exhaustion can be deadly. Sadly, these illnesses and deaths are completely preventable.
Virtually any type of injury or accident can occur in farm work. Given the nature of this work - heavy lifting, operation of large equipment, exposure to dangerous environmental conditions - this is not surprising. But much can be done to ensure greater safety of ag workers going forward.
Help for injured agricultural workers
Farm workers who have been injured on the job may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can help pay for medical bills, missed work, and other expenses associated with the accident.
At the Law Office of Wm. Todd Berry, we represent hardworking agricultural workers in the Central Valley of California. If you have been injured on the job, or if you have developed an illness caused by environmental exposure at your job, schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options