The Law Offices Of Adam E. Parker
Dothan Agricultural & Industrial Accident Attorneys
Agricultural & Industrial Accidents in Alabama
Workplace accidents can occur anywhere, but some industries are more dangerous than others. Still, all industrial accidents involve unsafe behavior, unsafe conditions, or a combination of the two.
What Are Industrial and Agricultural Accidents?
The term “industrial accidents” is a synonym for workplace accidents, but it tends to refer to accidents in factories, construction sites, and oil fields. Agricultural accidents are also called farming accidents and are specific to the agricultural industry.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 5,250 workers died as a result of industrial accidents in 2018. Even those who survive their accidents, however, often face serious injuries and/or permanent disability. In agriculture, specifically, 416 people died in 2017, and about 100 agricultural workers were injured every day.
If you have been injured or bereaved by a workplace accident, contact our Dothan agricultural and industrial accident lawyers today.
Common Industrial Accidents
OSHA calls the most common industrial accidents the “fatal four,” but there are more than 4 scenarios that can lead to serious injury or death.
With the “fatal four” leading the list, common industrial accidents include:
- Being struck by an object
- Caught-in or between accidents*
- Workplace car accidents
- Equipment accidents or rollovers
- Fires and explosions
- Chemical burns or exposure
- Improper lifting (overexertion injuries)
- Repetitive stress injuries
*Caught-in or between accidents occur when workers or caught-in or compressed by machinery, equipment, or objects or crushed in a collapsing structure, equipment, or material.
None of the accidents above are acceptable. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one, we can help.
Common Agricultural Accidents
Transportation incidents, including overturning tractors and heavy machinery, are the leading cause of death for agricultural workers according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Other common agricultural accidents and injuries include:
- Falls from heights (barns, ladders, etc.)
- Pesticide toxicity
- Respiratory diseases
- Sunburns and skin conditions
- Sprains and strains
- Chemical exposure
- Suffocation and asphyxiation
- Grain bin and manure pit accidents
- Farm machine entanglement
- Animal-related injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- And more
The agricultural industry is one of the most dangerous in the country. Nearly 21 of every 100,000 farmworkers die each year due to agricultural accidents. Sadly, many agricultural workers do not know their rights.
What to Do After an Accident
If you are hurt on the job, get emergency treatment if you need it and let your supervisor know what happened as soon as you are able. In Alabama, employers with 5 or more workers must carry workers’ compensation insurance, so your medical treatments and missed wages might be covered.
While workers’ comp can be a good option after an industrial or agricultural accident, sometimes a personal injury lawsuit is more appropriate.
When your accident/injury is caused by unsafe conditions, OSHA violations, and/or negligence, you may need to speak to an attorney.