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Common Injuries in the Agricultural Industry
By Pyle Law, October 15 2019 2:46 pm
Common Injuries in the Agricultural Industry

Farming and other agricultural-related work is dangerous work, and accidents are not uncommon. Many aspects of farming are risky. In fact, a staff member with the Department of Labor shares in AgWeek that agriculture is the most dangerous industry in the United States, and that fatal injuries in agriculture were also the highest in 2017 and 2018. If you have been injured on the job in the agriculture industry, call a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney today.

Tractor Accidents

Tractor accidents are the most common farming accidents, and they can be dangerous. Rollovers account for the vast majority of serious tractor accidents. Although protective technology and protective tractor cabs with heavy-duty seat belts are available, few tractors are well-equipped to protect operators 100 percent of the time. 

The injuries common in tractor accidents include:

  • Broken Bones Broken bones are exceedingly painful injuries that can be slow to heal. When a broken bone fails to heal properly, it can lead to permanent disability and chronic pain. 
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries – Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are extremely serious injuries that, because they affect the brain, are also extremely unpredictable. These serious injuries are often life-altering and come with immense physical, emotional, and financial costs. 
  • Spinal Cord Injuries Spinal cord injuries can occur anywhere on the spinal cord, and when serious, they can paralyze the victim below the injury site. 

Entrapments

Farming and other agriculture work often involves moving heavy equipment and products, and farm workers can be crushed by or become trapped underneath or between these heavy objects in the process. Crushing accidents are terrifying accidents that are often fatal. Victims can suffer broken bones, TBIs, spinal cord injuries, damage to internal organs, and more. 

Toxic Chemicals

Farming generally requires a wide variety of toxic chemicals – used to enhance productivity, kill weeds, treat soil, and more – that are hazardous to humans. When workers are accidentally exposed to or work in too close proximity to these chemicals, their health often suffers. Injuries can include severe respiratory problems and burns.

Farm Animals

Agriculture businesses that incorporate animals include the additional risk posed by working with these animals. Farm animals not only spread diseases to humans but – when they are large animals, such as cows – can trample workers, leading to serious bodily injury.  

If You’ve Been Injured While Working in the Agriculture Industry, Consult with an Experienced McPherson, Kansas, Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

The agriculture industry is the most dangerous industry in the United States, and ag workers are vulnerable to serious accidents and injuries. If you’ve been injured on the job in the agriculture industry, the dedicated legal team at Pyle Law based in McPherson, Kansas, is on your side. Workers’ compensation attorney Tom Pyle is committed to helping you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled and that you need to achieve your fullest recovery. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 620-241-9000 and toll free (888) 381-1155 for more information today. We serve all the state of Kansas.

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