Residents of Ohio who work in the agricultural industry have a risk of injuries while on the job. Some are very common and serious. It’s important to know about them and take precautions while working.
Many agricultural workers have to work from heights. Whether using a ladder or on a barn, it’s important to be careful at all times. Falls are one of the leading causes of on-the-job injuries in people who work on farms. Aerial lifts, in particular, can be dangerous to use.
Amputations are common injuries that farmworkers can suffer while using heavy machinery. A person can also become tangled in the equipment while a machine is running, which can lead to body parts such as the fingers, hands or arms being severed or crushed. Less serious injuries from machinery could be lacerations.
One of the worst types of accidents that can occur in the agricultural industry is the overturning of a tractor. Workers can be pinned under the tractor and suffered serious, catastrophic injuries or even death. Many workers suffer bleeding, broken bones, and even organ damage. Nerve damage can also occur to workers who suffer injuries from this kind of tractor accident.
Many things on farms are combustible. Fires or even explosions can occur that result in serious burn injuries. If the burn is severe, it can be life-changing or even deadly.
Agricultural work often involves the use of pesticides, herbicides, and other types of chemicals. Workers must be protected against direct skin contact and from other types of exposure such as inhaling these substances. If they don’t have the right protective gear, they can suffer serious illnesses.
Agricultural injuries can be devastating. If you suffered on the job, your employer might be liable.