Farm Hazards

Friday, May 23, 2014
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Contrary to the popular image of fresh air and peaceful surroundings, a farm is

not a hazard-free work setting. Every year, thousands of farm workers are injured

and hundreds more die in farming accidents. According to the National Safety

Council, agriculture is the most hazardous industry in the nation.

Health and Safety Hazards on Farms

Farm workers--including farm families and

migrant workers--are exposed to hazards such

as the following:

- Chemicals/Pesticides
- Cold
- Dust
- Electricity
- Grain bins
- Hand tools
- Highway traffic
- Lifting
- Livestock handling
- Machinery/Equipment
- Manure pits
- Mud
- Noise
- Ponds
- Silos
- Slips/Trips/Falls
- Sun/Heat
- Toxic gases
- Tractors
- Wells