If you work in the agricultural industry, a number of hazards require your attention. From pesticide use to tractor accidents, repetitive strain and falls, farmers and other agricultural workers are at risk for injuries on the job.
Here are some statistics on farm-related accidents, including the prevalence of these injuries and those that result in the loss of life.
Agricultural job-related injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 2 million people had full-time jobs in production agriculture during 2018. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of young workers under the age of 20 live on farms and carry out agricultural work. The CDC states that each day, roughly 100 people employed in the agricultural industry sustain injuries that cause them to take time off work.
Fatal agricultural accidents
Many agricultural workers die when tractors overturn, and there are many other types of transportation-related accidents, as well. During 2017, more than 400 farm workers lost their lives in on-the-job accidents. A fatal farm accident could cause significant emotional and financial hardships for your family, whether you are a seasonal worker or you own the farm.
If you are struggling with the aftermath of a farm-related injury, you need to be able to focus on various facets of your recovery. Aside from your physical and mental well-being, there are often financial resources available, such as workers’ compensation benefits.
In addition to compensating workers for lost wages and medical costs due to nonfatal injuries, workers’ compensation benefits also may help families struggling with finances and medical bills after the death of a loved one.