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How to Prevent Farm Accidents

How to Prevent Farm Accidents

Did you know that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, farming injuries cost approximately 1,300 lives every year. An additional 12,000 people suffer farming-related injuries. Because they deal with heavy equipment, farmers are likely to suffer serious – even fatal – injuries if they do not follow safety protocol.

Who is at risk?

Research suggests that two age groups are the most likely to suffer farm accident injuries: children less than 15 years old, and adults over 65 years old.

Safety Tips & Accident Prevention

Many farm accidents are preventable. The best way to avoid farming accidents is to establish a safety code and follow it. Farm safety guidelines should be comprehensive and detailed. Additionally, farmers can minimize damages by preparing for accidents and reducing potential hazards. This includes maintenance and property safety equipment for employees.

Operating heavy machinery is innately dangerous, especially if the operator is tired. Often, farmers must work late at night or early in the morning. To reduce the likelihood of a serious accident, employees should take breaks throughout the workday to stay alert.

Farm Accidents & Child Injuries

OSHA estimates that 300 children die in farm-related accidents every year. These accidents are avoidable. To avoid child farm injuries, the U.S. Department of labor suggests these precautions:

  • Be mindful of hazards that could interest children
  • Never allow children to operate heavy machinery
  • Do not allow children to "ride along" on tractors
  • Make accident prevention a personal commitment

Houston Personal Injury Lawyer for Farming Accidents

The Daspit Law Firm handles personal injury and accident lawsuits throughout Houston and the surrounding regions. If you suffered an avoidable farming injury, you could be entitled to money through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. To learn more, contact our office today.