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Rick Worthington Report Farm Accidents
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: September 26, 2018

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Many farmers have stories of close calls, minor injuries or situations that could have ended tragically if not for one variable or precaution. If they haven’t been in a serious accident themselves, their friends or neighbors usually have.

Despite advancements in technology, farming remains one of the most hazardous industries in America. Marsha Salzwedel, with the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, says surveys of farm parents show many of them feel that serious accidents only happen to other people and to other people's children.

Out of every 100,000 farmers, 21 will die each year from a work-related injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tens of thousands are hurt in accidents that primarily involve tractors and other machinery.

No one knows exactly how many people are hurt in accidents on small farms. Operations with fewer than 11 employees have long been exempt from inspection and enforcement by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A 2014 study by the University of California-Davis found that federal agencies fail to report 77 percent of the illnesses and injuries suffered by farmers and workers.

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