Another Youth Farming Accident
Another tragic farming accident this week. In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, police arrived to find a 6-year-old boy’s neck was crushed between the frame and the bed of a dump truck that was being lowered. An adult family member had raised the bed to dump feed for cows. When he tried to lower it, it would not go down. The family member discovered the boy was trapped between the frame and the bed of the truck.
Unfortunately, this nightmare is too common among agricultural families. Of the leading sources of fatal injuries to youth on U.S. farms, 23% involve machinery (includes tractors), 19% involve motor vehicles (includes ATVs), and 16% are due to drowning. Of nonfatal injuries, 31% occur to children under 10 years old.
If you’ve been injured by farm equipment, have lost wages or loved ones due to injury on the job, you have been wronged and you deserve justice.
Remember, you don’t have to use farm equipment negligently for it to malfunction. Farm equipment malfunctions occur because companies don’t design safe machinery. Manufacturers often fail to warn you of all the ways you can be injured while using these heavy, complex machines.
When farmers are injured by unsafe farm machinery without adequate warnings for secure operation, it is equipment is considered “defective”. This term that applies to poor design, improper manufacturing, negligent marketing, or all three.
Consequently, if you are an injured farm worker, if one of your family members has been injured or died working on a farm, or if you have lost wages due to injury, you may be entitled to compensation−including payments above and beyond Worker’s Compensation.