Farm and ranch accidents are, unfortunately, common. Statistics show that many of these accidents are avoidable and are caused by human error. In some cases, farm and ranch accidents are the result of a hazardous, dangerous workplace or a defective piece of machinery. If you were involved in this type of accident, or you lost a loved one in this way, contact Wyatt Law Firm today.
Types Of Farming Equipment Accidents
Farming equipment can be extremely dangerous, so extra precaution must be exercised when using it. However, some farm equipment accidents are caused by defects in the machines themselves. Wyatt Law Firm may be able to help if you were injured in an accident involving any of the following types of farm equipment or similar devices.
Just like any motor vehicle, tractors can be involved in serious accidents, and sometimes these accidents are caused by defective parts. For example, John Deere recalled some of its utility tractors due to defective spring locking pins in the rollover protection system. This defect presented a risk of serious injury and even death.
These harvesting and threshing machines can be incredibly dangerous if used improperly, but they can be defective. One Kansas family once sued a combine manufacturer because they say the glass in the combine was defective and resulted in the death of their young daughter.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports a number of accidents involving cultivators. Reports involve everything from minor injuries to employees being crushed by the bars on cultivators.
Farmers who get too close to harvesters risk being caught in the moving parts. Many people involved in harvester accidents lose limbs, others lose their lives.
Other farm and ranch equipment that can play a role in serious accidents include:
Farm Accident Statistics
There are nearly two million full-time farm and ranch workers in the United States, many of them in Bexar County and elsewhere in Texas. The statistics for farm and ranch accidents is troubling.
- More than 1.8 million people work on U.S. farms and ranches
- Most farm and ranch accidents involve equipment and heavy machinery
- A majority of all fatal farm and ranch accidents involve tractors
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 300 farmers and ranch workers are killed in work-related accidents annually
- The CDC also reports than approximately 167 agriculture employees (farmers, ranch hands, etc.) are injured daily throughout the U.S.
Sadly, many farmers and ranch workers who are injured on the job suffer permanent and debilitating injuries, which can present a serious economic hardship.
COntact Wyatt Law Firm If You've Been Injured In A Farm Accident
Our San Antonio personal injury attorneys represent people in Bexar County and throughout Texas. If you or your loved one was injured in a farm or ranch accident and you believe you might have a claim against a third party like a farm equipment manufacturer, contact us today for a free review of your case.
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