Sometimes what occurs in beautiful, green acre settings isn't so calm or peaceful. In fact, agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the nation, as farmers have many hazards they are faced with on a daily basis. According to the OSHA farm safety fact sheet, there are approximately 120,000 farm injuries per year, resulting in an estimated 1,200 fatal injuries each year.
In Iowa, farmers and agriculture workers are faced with numerous health and safety dangers, including:
Although tractor accidents in Iowa tend to make up the largest portion of farm accidents, these other hazards pose just as big of a risk to farmers and agriculture workers. For example, if hazardous materials and substances are not stored properly, they could be fatal to a farmer.
Farming injuries are very common and are some of the deadliest in the nation. In fact, according to the National Center for Farmworker Health Inc., each day there are approximately 500 agriculture accidents, and five percent end in permanent impairment.
When equipment is not maintained properly, when equipment malfunctions or is defective, and when chemicals are not put away or stored properly, another party may be held liable for a famer's injuries. If negligence on the part of someone else led to an Iowa farm accident that resulted in injury or fatality, an accident investigation needs to take place and a lawyer should be contacted immediately.
Farmers work hard and make many sacrifices. If farmers are injured due to someone else's negligence, the other party should be held liable. Liable parties include: tractor and equipment manufacturers, equipment dealers, attachment manufacturers, other farm and agriculture workers, the employer or owner of the farm, and more.
If there is negligence or misconduct that took place on the farm that led to the catastrophic injury or fatality, you may have a liability claim against the person or company responsible.
Contact the law office of Brady Preston Gronlund today to speak with a Cedar Rapids farm injury lawyer if you have been seriously injured on a farm by a defective tractor, dangerous chemicals, animal attacks, or by other faulty equipment. Call us at (319) 866-9277, and speak with an Iowa agriculture and farm accident attorney for a free consultation today.
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