With this many farm workers, however, there is a larger potential risk of injuries.
Missouri farmers play such an important role in the nations agricultural industry. They rank second in the nation in the number of farms, beef cows and hay production. There are over 100,000 farms in Missouri, which covers a space of nearly 29 million acres.
This much farm production means a lot of farm workers. With this many farm workers, however, there is a larger potential risk of injuries. For instance, almost every job on a farm requires the use of electricity. This makes farm electrical safety a priority for most, if not all, farmers. Some of the other areas of safety concern are in:
- Tractor use
- Heavy equipment
Farm Injury Prevention
There are several associations that work hard to help keep farm workers safe. For example, grain handling and storage plays an important role in farming, however, working around grain can be a very dangerous task. Many young farm workers have lost their lives in grain bins. Therefore, the F.I.G.H.T. Project, started by Ron Hayes, seeks to educate farm workers about the inherit dangers of working with grain and how to stay safe.
Missouri Workers Compensation Lawyers
Workers compensation coverage varies in each state. The Workers Compensation Act does exempt farm laborers from being required to have workers comp insurance. However, exempt employers that decide not to purchase this type of insurance can be exposed to civil lawsuits.
If you or someone you love have been injured while working on a farm, contact the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann. For more than 20 years our legal team has had a strong history of helping injured farm workers get the medical attention and financial compensation that they need. Call us today at (314) 361-4300 or fill out our online contact form to request a free and private consultation.