Burn Injuries Can Bankrupt Farmers

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Each year hundreds die or lose their livelihood from farm fires. Even a small fire can quickly burn out of control since many farms are not equipped to fight large fires. Because of the isolated area, firefights and other emergency personnel usually do not respond quickly.  This leaves the farmer or farm worker to take on the blaze him or herself, and unfortunately, this is when many injuries occur. The cost of the care afterward can …

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Can You Spot the Fatal Farm Hazard

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Farm deaths are on the rise. Over 22% more people are being injured or dying on a farm. Operating a vehicle and working with machinery are the most common sources of fatal injury.  When given a true account of how a farmer died, can you spot what went wrong? Do you know what rights you have after an injury or death? Situation #1 After working all morning on the skid steer, a farmer was happy to …

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The Top 5 Dangers on a Farm

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Farming is one of the most rewarding professions in the United States. Many farms have been in the same family for generations. It creates a bond within families while contributing to the community. On the other hand, it is also the most dangerous jobs in the world. Behind every corner, there could be potential hazards and/or threats. Almost 200 farm workers are injured on the job every day. We compiled a list of the most …

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Every 3 Days a Child Dies on a Farm

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Recently, National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety released a report concerning agricultural safety for children. The data they compiled was shocking. In the United States, a child will die in a farm-related incident every three days. In addition, every day, a farm will injury 33 kids in an agriculturally related accident. Marsha Salzwedel, a safety specialist with the National Children’s Center, therefore, explained which data the National Children’s Center used. “When we …

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What to Do After a Tractor Accident

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Unfortunately, it is a common occurrence on a farm. You or a co-worker is on a tractor, and something goes wrong. The tractor overturns. After this happens, do you know what to do? Do you know what steps to take to potentially save yourself or someone else? Steps After a Tractor Accident Farming accidents are one of the deadliest occupational injuries. Tractor accidents comprise almost half of all agriculturally related injuries. Therefore, the Farm Injury Resource …

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Did Your State Make the List of Most Farm Fatalities?

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, farming has one of the highest fatality rates of all occupations. Often farmers and farm workers receive little formal safety training and often work alone and far from reaching assistance if injured. On average,  one in every 29 farms in the United States will have an injury happen there. Even though farm injuries are tragically common, certain states have reported a higher prevalence. Is your state on the …

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Farm Dangers to Children

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Farms are a dangerous place, especially for children. Multiple research studies show that at least 300 children die each year on a farm. Almost 25,000 children are injured. Many of these injuries incur lifelong disabilities. This is why parents should be aware of farm dangers in relation to children. Unlike other industries, which have age restrictions on workers, farming does not. Children under the age of five to adolescence are vulnerable to injuries or death …

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Lack of Injury Reporting System Hurts Farmers

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Without a unified reporting system in the United States, no one knows exactly how many farmers or farm workers are being injured every year. For the past 40 years, the National Safety Council has consistently ranked agriculture as one of the top three most hazardous occupations in the United States. This is because injuries take all forms. Injuries are not limited to a single hazard. A farm possesses a multitude of dangers including falls, burns, …

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Farm Equipment Manufacturers Could Cut Vehicle Accidents by Half but Won’t

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A study completed by Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH) found traffic accidents involving farm vehicles in the Midwest could decrease by half if policies demanded manufacturers to place more lighting and reflection on those vehicles. The study compared the rates of crashes against the current lighting mandates in 9 states. According to the report, in Iowa alone, there are more than 1,000 farm vehicle-related crashes each year. Most of these crashes caused severe or …

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Eighty Percent of Farm Deaths Associated with Machines

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Last year, 80% of all farm deaths were because of vehicles and/or machinery. Plus, statistics are showing that farm injuries and deaths are on the rise. Twelve people lost their lives in farming accidents in the first three months of last year compared to five in 2014. However, experts consider this number a lot lower than the actual numbers. There are serious problems of under-reporting in the farming community. This includes non-fatal and fatal accidents. …

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