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Top 4 Farm Accidents

Farm-accidentsSome may idealize the beauty of working the land to harvest food and grain without acknowledging the inherent risk for farm accidents. Compared to the simple tools used thousands of years ago, today's farmers must contend with modern machinery and chemicals. Farming accidents are a real factor to consider when becoming a farmer or looking for farming work. Read on for a discussion of farm accident statistics and farm safety tips.

 

Farm Accident Statistics

Fatalities

  • In 2012 alone there were 374 farming related deaths; resulting in a very high fatality rate of 20.2 deaths per 100,000 workers. Tractor overturns were the leading cause of death for these farmers and farm workers with about 270 per year.
  • On average, 113 youth under the age of 20 die every year from farm-related injuries (taken from statistics between 1995 and 2002), with 34 percent of these deaths occurring to youth between 16 and 19 years of age.
  • 23 percent of all deaths among youth involved machinery (including tractors).

Injuries

  • Agricultural workers suffer work-place injuries at a high rate compared to other types of work. Every day, about 167 agricultural workers suffer an injury that requires time off from work to recover; five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment.
  • In 2012, approximately 14,000 youth were injured on farms; 2,700 of these injuries were as a result of farm work.

Top 4 Farm Accidents

  1. Tractor accidents are by far the most common and deadly farming accidents; tractor related deaths account for anywhere between 250 and 300 deaths per year. The most common cause for serious injury involving a tractor is the rollover. Technology does exist for rollover protective structures and high quality seat belts but many tractors do not come with that equipment.
  2. With the amount of grain, fruit, hay, and other commodities that get moved around a farm, sometimes worker become entrapped under a load of product in a silo, barn, or other similar structure.
  3. Many farmers use heavy doses of chemicals to care for their livestock, enhance soil, and treat produce. There is potential for farm workers to become exposed and sick from these chemicals which can lead to both short and long term negative health effects.
  4. Injuries occur from direct contact with farm animals including trampling, sickness, etc.

Tips on Preventing Farm Accidents

The OSHA fact sheet offers insight into the lead causes of farming accidents and how to prevent them: Common accident factors include: Roll-over protective structures for tractors, emergency preparedness, age of workers, and protective equipment for farming machinery.
The most effective way to prevent tractor overturn deaths by tractors is the use of a Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS). In 2012, just 59 percent of tractors used on farms in the U.S. were equipped with ROPS. It is believed that survival rate of overturn when in a properly protected tractor improves from a frightening 38 percent up to 99 percent. These numbers show that it is irresponsible not to provide these safety elements on all tractor models.

Farmers should embrace emergency preparedness as a way to prevent or best handle accidents. It is important to consider that farms are often in rural areas with a long drive to a hospital. In order to prepare for possible accidents, farmers should take inventory of all hazardous material and equipment on the premises and supply the proper measures to deal with injury. For example, a physical injury will require first aid; a chemical burn can require poison prevention, etc.

People under the age of 15 and over the age of 65 are most likely to be injured in general and that applies on the farm as well. Farm owners should accommodate those people most at risk and make sure they have the proper safety equipment, training and, if applicable, supervision to avoid an accident.

Protective equipment on farm machines is critical for safety. Farming equipment is usually large and capable of chopping, shredding, gathering, and more. Seat belts and other protective measures are rarely required by law so shortcuts are often taken despite the lives and injuries that could be saved if they were used.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is two to three times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. today for a FREE consultation! You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!

Trampoline Accidents

trampoline-accidentsDespite their popularity, pediatricians and safety experts warn that home trampolines are "intrinsically dangerous" and should be strongly discouraged. Children love to jump on trampolines and parents love that they help their kids burn energy and keep them busy but the risks seem to strongly outweigh the benefits. While trampoline parks are growing in popularity, sales of home trampolines peaked several years ago. A 2007 study conducted by researchers at Brown Medical School reported that despite a decline in sales, trampoline injuries this decade have doubled compared to last decade. They found that over half a million kids were treated in emergency rooms for home trampoline-related injuries between 2000 and 2005.

Parents may believe that they are making their trampoline safe by adding safety features like complete netting enclosures and padding over the springs but according to pediatricians they don't actually significantly decrease the risk of injury. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, The Canadian Pediatric Society, and the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine have all issued similar statements discouraging recreational and playground use of trampolines, citing safety concerns. The American Academy of Pediatrics' statement on trampoline safety published in the journal Pediatrics does acknowledge that trampolines "...have an acceptable role when used as part of a structured athletic training program with appropriate coaching, supervision, and safety measures in place."

Trampoline Accident Statistics

The National Electronic Injury Surveillance report for 2009 estimates that there were 98,000 trampoline-related injuries that year; the injuries resulted in 3,100 hospitalizations. Those numbers are down from 3,300 hospitalizations and 112,000 injuries in 2004.

About 75 percent of trampoline injuries occur when more than one person is jumping on the trampoline.

Kids five and under are usually at greater risk for significant injury in a trampoline accident. Many of these accidents happen under adult supervision.

Although fractures and dislocations make up 48 percent of all trampoline injuries, other common injuries include sprains, strains, and contusions.

Falls from a trampoline caused 27 percent to 39 percent of all injuries; falls can be catastrophic, resulting in head and neck injuries.
Head and neck injuries account for 10 percent to 17 percent of all trampoline accidents.

Common Trampoline Injuries

  • Broken arms and legs
  • Concussions
  • Lacerations
  • Abdominal injuries

Trampoline Safety Tips

  • One jumper at a time
  • No somersaults
  • Adult supervision

Many parents simply do not understand the risks associated with jumping on a trampoline nor the liability that comes with allowing other children to jump on your trampoline. Many home insurance policies exclude coverage for trampoline injuries or mandate that they are within enclosed areas with restricted access.

In their defense, trampoline makers say the pediatricians' statement is based on old data from before safety nets were common and fails to acknowledge the valuable health benefits associated with trampoline use. Today about 85 percent of the approximately 900,000 home trampolines sold are purchased with a safety net. Jumping on a trampoline is a great way to get exercise, which is sorely lacking for too many children in the last decade.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is two to three times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. today for a FREE consultation! You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!

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