According to the most recent data from the U.S. Labor Department, the rate of fatal injuries for farmers and ranchers is about 38.5 per 100,000 fulltime workers, reports Philly.com. This is surprisingly higher than the rate of fatal occupational injuries for occupations that are known to be dangerous, such as firefighting (4.4) and police officers (13.1).
Farmers and ranchers face many dangers, such as overturned tractors; entanglements in combines, balers, and other farm machinery; getting trapped in silos or grain elevators; and getting kicked or trampled by livestock. Farmers can also be exposed to fatal exposures like toxic spills and fumes, fires, and accidental poisonings.
There were about 4,340 fatal workplace injuries in the U.S. in 2009. Fishers/fishing workers had the highest rate of fatal injuries, followed by logging workers, airplane pilots and then farmers and ranchers. There were 2,130 transportation-related work fatalities that year, which is more than one-fifth of all fatalities.
If you have sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of your employment, you have a potential workers’ compensation claim. Injuries may occur while traveling on business, doing a work-related errand, attending a required business-related social function, or even while on a break or using restroom facilities; all of which may be able to be covered by workers’ compensation benefits.
The Pennsylvania work injury attorneys at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP have successfully represented countless clients who have been injured while on the job. It is important to have legal help when dealing with a serious work injury. Call today for a free initial consultation regarding your work accident.