Working in agriculture, you are exposed to many hazards. From heavy machinery to sharp objects, there are dozens of items or animals that could injure you.
There are around 2,038,000 full-time workers employed in agriculture as of 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, many people are killed annually working these jobs. For example, in 2017, 416 people were killed due to work-related injuries. The most common cause was tractor overturns.
What can you do to make your workday safer on the farm?
If you are working on a farm and want to make your workday safer for yourself and others, the best thing you can do is to start by setting up a roll-over protective structure on your tractors. All tractors should have this system to prevent an overturn. Additionally, the equipment should also have enough seatbelts for all who are riding on it at one time.
Another common type of workplace injury is a sprain or strain. Around 50% of the injuries that happen on farms are these types of injuries. Fortunately, most sprains and strains do heal with time, though they may put someone out of work for a while.
To make your workday safer, going over safety techniques, proper handling techniques and other important safety requirements on the farm is a necessity. Start each day by reviewing what you’re planning to do and checking the equipment to make sure it’s in good condition. By taking these simple steps, you can make yourself safer and help prevent a serious injury that could impact you for the rest of your life.
What should you do if you’re hurt on the job?
If you work a role in agriculture that is covered by workers’ compensation and are hurt on the job, it’s possible that you could get benefits to help cover your lost wages, medical care and more. Talk to your employer about starting a claim. It’s a good idea to understand your rights, so you can get treatment from the right medical provider and work with your attorney to get the most out of your claim.