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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Dwindling Farm Safety Programs and the Rise of Farming Accidents

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Not long ago, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota and other big farming states offered a large sampling of various farm safety programs for youth and adults alike. In 2001 in Minnesota alone, over 12,000 children in 63 counties attended these programs. Training camps across the state convened to teach these kids about farm safety and health. Likewise, over 1,000 adults participated in similar training seminars. Then, as accident rates began to fall, federal funding was …

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Hay Baler Injuries: The Aftermath

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All farm equipment can pose a hazard to farmers. Most reports and warnings published are tractor-related. But, there is not much reporting on hay balers.  A hay baler is a piece of farm machinery. The equipment compresses, cuts and rakes crops. Then, it turns the crops into compact bales that are easy to handle, transport and store. Since this equipment accounts for many devastating injuries and is underreported, researchers at the Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection …

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High-Risk Factors on a Farm

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A farm can often invoke an image of a peaceful place full of fresh air. However, there is a darker side to the idyllic atmosphere. Every year, thousands of farm workers are injured. Hundreds will die. According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is the most hazardous industry in the United States. Health and Safety Hazards on a Farm Farming equipment and chemical exposure can cause farmers and farm workers catastrophic injuries. Common agricultural chemicals …

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The Dangers Behind Agritourism

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In recent years, Agritourism has surged in popularity as farmers try to seek other avenues of increasing profits. Agritourism combines agriculture and tourism. These operations range from small seasonal ones to large-scale yearly attractions. Some examples are pumpkin picking patches, corn mazes, U-pick farms, petting and feeding zoos, Cut-Your-Own Christmas tree farms, agricultural museums, dude ranches, and more. While these enterprises are lucrative for many farmers, they pose a safety risk to visitors and a liability to …

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