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Do farm workers find themselves at risk for fatal accidents?

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2021 | Workplace Accidents |

Farm workers perform challenging jobs that play a role in helping the global economy. Harvesting food for the open market often requires performing dangerous duties that might leave a Minnesota worker suffering an injury. Even those who never experienced an accident may discover physical ailments from long-term laboring. Sadly, some accidents result in fatalities, and the agriculture industry has its share of deadly incidents.

Minnesota and agricultural fatalities

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries provides details about deaths on the job in Minnesota. Data reveals that 2019 saw 80 fatalities, an increase of five deaths from the previous year. Statistics show that the “agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting” category experienced the most fatalities, as 2019 saw 23 deaths. The number reflects an increase from the 22 deaths suffered in 2018.

The CFOI report shows the causes of deaths across many industries in Minnesota. Transportation and slip-and-fall accidents caused many people to lose their lives. Workplace violence reared its head in some fatal incidents. Contact with objects and equipment also ranked high on the list of causes.

Farm workers may find themselves around dangerous equipment capable of causing life-threatening wounds. They may remain close to heavy vehicles, and a driver’s error might cause someone to suffer tragic consequences.

Seeking compensation for an accident

Workplace accidents might lead to legal proceedings. A worker suffering everything from a minor to catastrophic injury may file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit. In some situations, it might be possible to file both.

With workers’ comp, independent contractors face exclusions. However, an independent contractor could sue to recover losses from the accident. In fatal incidents, a family might file a wrongful death lawsuit. Ultimately, if someone’s negligence caused an injury or death, victims may find it necessary to take legal action.