Farming is hazardous work. According to the CDC, agriculture consistently produces the most injuries and fatalities.
On top of the dangerous conditions, North Dakota does not require agricultural employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. You need to know your legal options after a workplace injury to ensure you receive the damages you deserve. For some of the most common injuries sustained on farms, see below. Do not work for an employer who puts your safety at risk.
Slip and falls
Falls present some of the most common workplace injuries regardless of the industry. However, farmers, in particular, have a significant risk of falling. Agricultural employees often must scale ladders, climb machines or ascend silos to clean them. Even something as simple as climbing into a large tractor presents a greater risk than the average worker in America.
Heavy machinery accidents
Heavy machinery brings a significant amount of risk. Overturned tractors are one of the most common sources of injury and fatalities for North Dakota farmers. If your employer does not maintain their equipment or demand that you work in hazardous conditions, they put you at risk for catastrophic injuries from tractors or other large machinery.
The United States Department of Labor has specific regulations for working in grain silos, bins and elevators. Unfortunately, many farms put their workers at risk and do not follow OSHA guidelines. If you handle grain, evaluate your working conditions to ensure you are not at risk of crushing or suffocation.
Agriculture is an essential part of American industry, but too many farmers risk their safety on the job. If you worry about your working conditions, consult with your employer or explore your legal options before it is too late.