If a farm worker is struck by machinery or by livestock, it could lead to serious injury or death. Therefore, those under the age of 16 may be prohibited by child labor laws from using certain machinery or handling certain types of chemicals. In some cases, state laws may place additional restrictions on top of those imposed by federal law. Regardless of an employee’s age, employers should adopt a safety first attitude to reduce the risk of a farm accident.
In the event that someone has been injured by an animal, it is important to stay calm when dealing with the situation. The animal may be hurt or trying to protect its young, which could make it more aggressive or prone to taking defensive action. Anyone who approaches the animal should wear protective clothing and talk to it in a calm and gentle manner.
When a worker has been struck by a machine, anyone helping that worker should stay as far away from the machine as possible. There is a chance that the machine could tip or that it could spill its load. Anyone near the machine or the contents inside of it could be crushed. If the machine has a bucket, it should be lowered first to reduce the odds of anyone being crushed by it.
Farm workers who have been injured on the job may be eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits under their employer’s insurance policy. An attorney who has experience with these matters can assess the issue of eligibility, and if there is coverage, assist the worker in preparing and filing the claim.