Life After a Debilitating Farming Accident

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Life is different after a farming accident. It isn’t just the farmer or worker adjusting to a new normal, but also the whole family helps pick up the pieces. Plus, it is not as though this is an uncommon outcome from this profession. Farmers have a 40% higher rate of injury than all other workers in the U.S. Every day, over 240 agricultural workers suffer an injury that prevents them from working. Over 5% of …

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Dangerous Combines

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Farming is a very dangerous occupation. Most of the danger is from unsafe equipment. No matter how careful a farm can be, accidents still occur. Last week, a Kentucky man was performing maintenance on his combine, when he became entangled inside of the engine compartment. The engine caught fire, trapping him inside. He died before medical personnel could save him. About Combines Farmers use combines to harvest corn. A corn picker strips the stalks close to …

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2018 USDA Budget Cuts Could Raise Injury Rates

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The 2018 USDA budget shows a 20% cut in discretionary spending. On the top of the list of agricultural programs getting the axe are education programs. These programs help inform farmers and workers about dangers and help to prevent injuries. Cutting these programs could cause a rise in farm injury rates. Few Farm Safety Programs Available Not long ago, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota and other big farming states offered a large sampling of various …

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The Costly Aftermath of Farm Injuries

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A 6-year-old Wisconsin boy will undergo multiple surgeries to save his leg after he injured it climbing onto a skid steer on his family farm. His parents are thrilled their son survived, but now they are faced with the daunting task of covering medical bills.  Without a GoFund Me account, they would never be able to afford the hospital bills. Plus, they have only raised half of the amount they need. An estimated 33,000 children …

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Brush Hog Injuries Can Happen To You

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Even the most experienced farmer can find themselves injured by unsafe farm equipment. The brush hog is one of the most dangerous pieces of farming equipment. It’s important to remember, however, that no matter how many safety precautions you take, brush hog mowers are highly dangerous, and when you’re injured by one, the manufacturer may be responsible. Brush Hog Injury – An Account On May 26,  a 56-year-old horse farm owner was killed when he was …

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Did Your State Make the List of Highest ATV Deaths?

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Between 300 and 400 ATV-related deaths, occur each year. Most ATV accidents result from defective parts. These can cause vehicle-handling issues and a lag in response time. Unfortunately, this causes many people to roll their vehicle. Manufacturers made these vehicles for driving off-road, but they still aren’t safe. Even though ATV injuries are tragically common, certain states have reported a higher prevalence. Is Your State on the List? Missouri has the fifth highest rate of …

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Summer Farming Dangers

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During the summer months, activity on the farm becomes increasingly busier. Coupled with those inherent dangers of harvesting, children are out for summer vacation. This means they will be near the farm activity more frequently and this can be more dangerous.  This time of year is typically a potentially hazardous period, especially with dangerous vehicles and machinery. Statistics show that in the past 10 years, tractors and machinery are responsible for almost 80% of all farm …

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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 between 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. Hazards injury almost 200 farm workers on the job every day. We compiled a list of the most …

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