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Grain Silo Accident Kills Father and Son

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The tragic deaths of a Wisconsin dairy farmer and his young teenage son in a grain silo reminded the American agriculture community about the common dangers of family farm life. Many hear about machine entanglements or falls as the most frequent injuries. However, research indicates grain silo avalanches, whether inside the silo itself or from a structural collapse, happen almost on a daily basis. About Grain Silos Silos teeming with corn, wheat or soybeans become death …

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ATVs Unsuitable for Farming

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ATVs are advertised as an “all-terrain vehicle”, however, these machines are not stable. Safety Science published a safety report that this booming $230 million market does not have rollover protection. About ATVs An all-terrain vehicle (ATV), also known as a quad, quad bike, three-wheeler, four-wheeler or quadricycle as defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a vehicle that travels on low-pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control. In 1971, most ATVs were three-wheelers. However, …

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Fatality Injury Rates are Rising for Foreign-Born Laborers

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Every year, preventable accidents injure or kill thousands of workers in the United States. The occupational fatality rate for foreign-born laborers has been the highest among all groups in the United States for 15 years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, even though foreign-born farm deaths decreased from 937 in 2016 to 774 in 2017, the fatal injury rate for foreign-born remain higher at 4.0 deaths per 100,000 workers. Foreign-Born Laborers Injuries Hired crop …

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Farming Dangers For Children 12 and Under

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With prices plummeting for wheat, dairy, and other products, farms are struggling. This intense financial pressure makes it necessary for the entire family to help on the farm. This is just to survive. However, farm safety groups say that children should be at least 14 to drive tractors and 16 before they take the controls of skid steers or A.T.V.s. But the federal government has largely ceded safety decisions to families, saying that children of any age …

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Farm Fatalities are Rising

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics published their report of fatal work injuries. The agency found that farm deaths have risen 7%. This is the third straight year that death rates are on the rise. In fact, this is the highest rate since 2006. A Closer Look at Farm Fatalities Indiana is one of the few states that still have the resources to track farm fatalities and serious injuries. The state agency found there were 44 …

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Winter Farming Dangers

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There are many winter farming dangers brought on by snowstorms. These winter storms can impact farms in a number of ways. Heavy snow or ice accumulation can damage farm buildings. Power failures or fuel shortages can affect animal production. Most of all accidents or fatalities are more common in the winter months. In fact, they rise by 17%. Types of Winter Farming Dangers The number one cause of injury on a farm is due to …

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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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