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 Won’t Cut Vehicle Accidents by Half

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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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Injured Farmers without Health Insurance

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Farming is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Farmers and farm workers are 800% more likely to die or be injured on the job than any other industry. Plus, according to statistics injuries are on the rise.  The National Safety Council reports that of the approximately 3.1 million people who work on America’s 2.3 million farms and ranches, 1,300 die each year and 120,000 are injured. So, what happens to the hundreds of thousands …

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Grain Auger Injuries Costliest to Farmers

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Recently, researchers decided to explore the statistics of grain auger injuries.  This machine is one of the most dangerous equipment found on the farm.  A grain auger is a long tube used to raise and transport grain from the ground to the top of grain bins, load trucks from the grain bin or carry feed from a wagon to cattle feeders on a farm. It has a long, screw-shaped shank driven by a pulley or …

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Brush Hog Injuries

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A brush hog mower is a type of rotary mower. It attaches to a tractor with a hitch. The mower has rotary blades that are thick and blunt for easy cutting through dense brush. Since the blades are heavy, no impact will stop them. Unfortunately, this means death for many farmers and farm workers. Potential Brush Hog Injuries There are many reasons a farmer or farm worker can be injured while operating a brush hog. The most …

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Defective Farm Equipment

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Farming is one of the most dangerous jobs. Often, it is due to the relying on hazardous machinery. Every year, defective farm equipment kills hundreds of farmers and injures thousands. Many farmers purchase comprehensive warranties on their equipment. This usually covers any machine defects that occur. However, the corporations who drafted the warranties use large legal departments to minimize their responsibly to correct a defect. Many also find that the fine print has even rendered …

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Electrocution Injuries on a Farm

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Tragically, a farmer and his son located about 30 miles outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota both died when the men were electrocuted while lifting a large piece of farming equipment. They were moving an auger, and it struck a nearby power line.  Unfortunately, electrocution injuries on a farm can be quick but often deadly. Approximately, 62 farmers die every year from electrocution. Common Causes of Electrocution Injuries The most common electrocution injuries occur when portable grain …

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Power Take-Off Injuries: What You Should Know

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Power Take-Off injuries are very common on a farm.  According to the National Agricultural Safety Database, most Power Take-Off accidents occur when clothing and/or limbs are entangled in the rotating shaft. This doesn’t mean it is the operator’s fault when an accident occurs. Chances are the manufacturer is to blame. Power Take Off (PTO) is a term used to describe the process of transmitting power from one point to another. A PTO shaft, for example, is …

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