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Earning an honest living is not always without its danger. Unfortunately, statistics show those employed in certain industries are more likely to suffer workplace injuries than those in others. Agriculture is a prime example: it regularly ranks at the top of the list of the most dangerous industries.
If you work in agriculture and sustain an injury through no fault of your own, then contact Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. We are work injury lawyers near multiple locations in Alabama, including Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery. We can help you seek the compensation you deserve if you are hurt on the job.
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The U.S. Department of Labor reports that nearly 6,000 agriculture employees died between 2003 and 2011 because of work-related injuries. In fact, the fatality rate for this population was 24.9 deaths per 100,000, a staggering seven times more than the fatality rate for all workers in private industry. Most deaths between 1992 and 2009 were due to tractor overturns, to which about 90 deaths are attributable annually (often because the majority of farm tractors are not equipped with Roll-Over Protective Structures). In addition, the National Safety Council’s data shows that nearly 550 agricultural workers suffered workplace fatalities in 2015 while 130,000 incurred medically consulted injuries.
Agricultural workers also overwhelmingly suffer injuries because of on-the-job hazards. Their injury rate was more than 40 percent higher than the rate for all workers in 2011 at 5.5 per 100 workers. Furthermore, those who are farmworkers are at higher risk for work-related lung diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, and cancers linked to chemical use and excessive sun exposure.
Some jobs may undeniably place you in harm’s way, but your employer should make certain you are fairly compensated to cover the cost of medical bills and loss of income during recovery. Moreover, you should be compensated if your loved one died because of employer-related causes while working an agricultural job. Your pain and suffering – which can be mental as well as physical – should not be ignored.
Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. know how to help. Call us at (205) 933-1500 to schedule an appointment and rest assured that we will handle your case with care.