Many people believe that the construction industry is responsible for the most on-the-job injuries; however, the most hazardous line of work lies in agriculture. North Carolina farmworkers have held a series of press events to bring attention to fatal working conditions.
Farmworker Deaths NC
Farm and poultry workers in NC are working in unsanitary situations with equipment that’s in disrepair. The Farmworker Advocacy Network, a NC organization committed to improving the working conditions of farmworkers, is trying to shed light on the poorly enforced regulations that are causing innocent people to work in dangerous workplaces.
Hurt on the Job
Every day around the US agricultural workers face potentially fatal situations. This fall six workers were killed in a Kansas grain elevator accident. According to the Kansas City Star, “Working in grain bins is one of the most dangerous jobs.” The piece also reports that grain bin deaths are rising. Working in grain bins sometimes requires workers to “walk the grain,” which is needed when grain sticks to the sides of a bin. When a farmworker loosens the grain it can pull the worker down like quicksand and suffocate them. Even though suffocation is on the rare side of agricultural accidents, many farmers have not made adjustments to ensure safer working conditions.
Work Injuries NC
If you or someone you know has been injured or suffered a wrongful death because of an employer’s negligence, one of our workers’ comp attorneys in Raleigh, Fayetteville or Dunn can review your case and help you receive the compensation that you’re entitled to. Lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering are all compensatory damages. Personal injury attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates help injured workers receive the compensation they deserve if they were injured on-the-job due to an occupational safety hazard or accident. Families who lost a loved one because of a workplace accident can speak with one of our lawyers to learn about filing a wrongful death lawsuit in NC.