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Dangers of Defective Farm Equipment

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Working with heavy machinery and equipment on a farm brings risk. In fact, even the tools require regular maintenance to ensure safety. However, sometimes that is not enough. Faulty parts and defective farm equipment can cause serious and even fatal injuries. Types of Defective Farm Equipment Most farmers understand that agriculture is dangerous. They respect and try to be as careful as possible while working. However, many are injured, and it is beyond their control. …

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The Deadly Truth of Agriculture

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Agriculture in the United States is the backbone of the country. Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more dangerous every year. Only a few years ago, farming ranked eighth as one of the most dangerous rankings. Today, agriculture ranks fourth. Soaring Death Rate Did you know farm workers are 800% more likely to die on the job than in other industries? That’s a staggering statistic! And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatalities and injuries among …

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4-Year-Old Boy Killed by Tractor

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An Iowa town is in mourning as many learned the tragic death of a 4-year-old boy. Last week, on a bright Saturday morning the young child was out playing. The boy’s father was backing up the tractor and ran over the child. Unfortunately, this tragic event isn’t uncommon on a farm. In fact, children are 4 times more likely to be killed than all other industries combined. Farm Accidents Kill 300 Kids per Year More …

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The Dangers of the PTO

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An all too familiar and traumatizing scene transpired on a Michigan farm this past week. A farmer was chopping the remaining corn stubble in the field with a brush hog.  He got off his tractor to check the equipment. This when he reached across the power takeoff (PTO) portion of the brush hog and the PTO grabbed his clothing. The PTO pulled him into the machine where he suffered fatal injuries. PTO Injuries Power Takeoff …

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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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