When you’re stuck in Indianapolis traffic or just in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city, sometimes it’s easy to forget that the majority of Indiana is farmland. Those farms pose unique dangers to the men and women who work on them but just because those dangers are unique doesn’t make them any less serious than the one’s found in the city.
Just last week, a farm worker in northeastern Indiana lost his life when he was pinned between a tractor and a metal beam. Details are unclear as no one witnessed the accident, but the Dekalb County Sheriff department is investigating.
According to a report in 2011, farming is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. 41 workers in this field will die for every 100,000. So what puts farm workers in dangerous situations?
- Livestock – Many farmers and ranchers are actually hurt by the animals that they are raising. This can be a result of trampling, ramming, kicks, and even disease leading to a farm injury.
- Heavy Machinery – Tractor rollovers and big tools with unguarded parts can cause life-threatening amputation injuries.
- Confined Spaces – A surprising amount of deadly accidents on farms occur inside silo or grain bins where suffocation can occur.
Other accidents including poisoning from pesticides and herbicides, falls from ladders and silos, and deaths from heatstroke or dehydration are also major concerns for people working on our state’s farms.
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Source. IndyStar.com, ‘http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2014/08/21/indiana-farm-worker-killed-pinned-manure-pit/14413419/,’ August 21, 2014.
Source. CNN.com, ‘http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2011/pf/jobs/1108/gallery.dangerous_jobs/5.html,’ August 26, 2011.