A tragic farming accident occurred on a farm in southern New Jersey on October 12, according to WPVI-TV Philadelphia.
New Jersey State Police claim the farm accident occurred when a chute on a combine being operated by three men struck overhead power lines. The machine then caught fire. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and a second man died at the hospital. A third man was flown to a hospital in Chester. His condition is unknown.
According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is the most dangerous industry in the country. Injury rates for farm workers are the highest among children aged 15 and under and adults over 65. Most farm accidents involve either livestock or machinery. What makes farming injuries particularly deadly is that most farms are not located near a hospital, and the delay in reaching a hospital can mean the difference between life and death for a farm worker who has suffered injuries in a farming accident.
There are some safety precautions that farmers can take to minimize hazards. Operator’s manuals for farm equipment should always be read and instructions should be followed. Equipment should routinely be inspected. Discuss safety hazards and emergency procedures with workers. Precautions should be taken to prevent employees from becoming trapped or suffocated. Always take advantage of farming safety equipment.
New Jersey workers who are injured on the job are usually entitled to New Jersey workers’ compensation, which can pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. If you have been injured in a New Jersey workplace accident, you should seek competent legal representation to review your options with you. Call the skilled New Jersey on the job accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein today at 609-240-0040.