A recent article in The Crescent-News highlighted the dangerous nature of farm work. There are hazards all over on a farm, from heavy equipment and chemicals to grain bins and silos. The Centers for Disease Control states that agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries, a fact with which GTB&S attorneys are all too familiar. For example, in 2008 the fatality rate of farmers was 25.1 deaths per 100,000 workers. There were 456 farmers nationwide who died of work-related injuries in 2008. The leading cause of death, accounting for 96 deaths annually in the nation, was tractor overturns. Other farmers were injured in falls, by heavy equipment, or were made ill by chemical exposure.
According to Ohio State University’s Agriculture Safety and Health Program, there were 17 farm fatalities in 2008, the last year statistics are available. Approximately 245 farmers were killed from 1999-2008 in the state. While the majority of those deaths were for farmers ages 41-70 years old, more than 30 deaths were youths age 20 and younger.
The personal injury attorneys at GTB&S know the kind of devastation that results from farm accidents, so if you or someone you know has been injured let us know. Agriculture is an important part of our local as well as national economies, so please be safe out there.