Farming sustains communities and economies worldwide. However, it’s also one of the most hazardous occupations, with risks that can lead to personal injuries. From machinery accidents to slips and falls, farm-related injuries can have serious consequences. Who is responsible when accidents occur?

Common farm injuries

Here are some of the most common farm injuries:

  • Machinery accidents: Farm machinery such as tractors, combines and balers are essential tools for modern agriculture but also pose significant risks to farm workers.
  • Falls from heights: Working at heights, such as on ladders, silos or barn lofts, can lead to serious injuries.
  • Animal-related injuries: Handling livestock can result in injuries caused by kicks, bites or trampling, as well as exposure to zoonotic diseases.
  • Chemical exposures: Exposure to pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural chemicals can lead to poisoning, respiratory problems and long-term health issues.

Who’s responsible for farm accidents?

Determining liability for farm-related injuries involves several factors:

  • Employers: Farm owners or operators have a legal duty to provide a safe working environment for their employees and may be held liable for injuries resulting from unsafe conditions or failure to provide necessary safety equipment.
  • Manufacturers: If a farm injury is caused by a defect in machinery or equipment, the manufacturer or distributor of the faulty product may be held liable under product liability laws.
  • Third parties: Contractors, suppliers or visitors to the farm may also bear responsibility for injuries if their actions contribute to hazardous conditions.

Workers’ compensation and farm accidents

In Ohio, like many other states, workers’ compensation provides benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. Workers’ compensation typically covers medical expenses, lost wages and disability benefits for injured workers, regardless of fault.

Farm employers in Ohio are generally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. If a farm worker is injured on the job, they may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits, including medical treatment and wage replacement, while they recover from their injuries.

Preventing farm accidents

While accidents on farms are inevitable to some extent, proactive measures can help minimize risks and prevent injuries:

  • Comprehensive training on safe work practices and equipment operation
  • Regular inspection and maintenance of machinery and equipment
  • Implementation of safety protocols for working at heights, handling livestock and using agricultural chemicals
  • Provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as helmets, gloves and respiratory protection
  • Encouragement of open communication about safety concerns and reporting of hazards or near misses

Farm work is inherently risky, but with proper precautions, awareness and access to workers’ compensation benefits, many injuries can be prevented or mitigated. If you’ve been injured on a farm and believe it’s the result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny right away.

Consult a Columbus accident lawyer today

The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you with your farm accident claim. When you’re the victim of negligence or recklessness, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (877) 614-9524 so that I can evaluate your case right away.