The Dangers of Agriculture Work
Agriculture is one of the nation’s oldest industries, and it also happens to be a field littered with a broad array of occupational dangers. Some of the workplace injuries and occupational illnesses that affect agricultural workers are apt to be quite severe, and may require extensive medical treatment and missed time at work. Fortunately, North Carolina workers’ compensation law requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect employees in case of such occurrences.
Despite the provision of these benefits by law, insurance companies and employers are often reluctant to approve rightful claims because they are concerned about their own financial standing. For help overcoming potential obstacles, contact the Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, P.L.L.C., at 910-488-1600.
Occupational Hazards of Agriculture
The specific threats to a worker’s health and welfare depend largely upon the demands of his or her position. For example, the nature of dangers in the field may differ considerably from those in a production facility. The following list represents a brief sampling of the possible injuries or sources of harm that may affect agricultural workers:
- Grain elevator and silo dangers – any elevated working surface comes with an associated risk of falling from elevation
- Exposure to toxic chemicals – a number of powerful chemicals are used to protect crops against pests and to promote robust growth, and exposure to these in excessive amounts can threaten worker health
- Repetitive strain injuries – any labor that involves the intensive repetition of a specific physical action can wreak havoc on a worker’s body
- Heavy machinery malfunctions and accident – from planting to harvesting and at every step in between, modern farming depends heavily upon the use of potentially dangerous machinery
We appreciate the work that you do on a daily basis to help put food on the nation’s tables. Now let us help you as you recover from your work-related injury. Contact the Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, P.L.L.C., at 910-488-1600 if you have been hurt in your agricultural job.