On a day-to-day basis, farm workers face potential dangers in their work environment, especially when heavy machinery, such as tractors, is part of everyday routine. However, most of these dangers are completely avoidable. Unfortunately, the worst of tractor accidents can cause extreme harm and in some cases, fatality. Below is a list of the most common types of tractor accidents.
Because many tractors are top-heavy, the risk of rollover tractor accidents is surprisingly high. In many cases, employees are harmed in rollover accidents when they are not wearing seatbelts. Employers should ensure that seatbelts are installed in all vehicles and require their employees to wear a seatbelt whenever operating a tractor.
Many ignition switches on tractors are located on areas that are easy to reach even when standing on the ground. As a result, some employees start tractors when standing next to the large vehicle. In some cases, the tractor may start to move before an employee can sit in the operator’s seat, creating the risk for potential harm to the driver and other nearby employees. Tractor operators should only attempt starting these large, heavy machines only when seated in the driver’s seat.
Tractors have various mechanisms attached to the large part of the vehicle. Depending on the type of tractor, these mechanisms may have large ranges of motion. Employees’ clothing and body parts can be caught in these mechanisms causing serious injury or death.
Due to the large size of such vehicles, any kind of collision can be extremely dangerous to those nearby or operating the tractor. Some of the most common collisions occur when tractors hit tree limbs and other obstructions causing harm to the driver or other nearby employees.
If you are involved in a tractor accident and have been harmed due to the negligence of another, you may be able to recover compensation for any lost wages, medical expenses, physical harm, or emotional distresses. The Austin tractor accident attorneys at The Daspit Law Firm understand the hardships an individual can face when dealing with a serious injury. Our firm seeks to help clients begin their road to recovery while we handle the legal matters.
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