Agriculture is the industry with the highest number of injuries. Child farm workers are in danger of another set of workplace risks. Farm equipment, exposure to the elements, contact with pesticides are dangers to both adults and children who work on farms. Children face unique risks when working on a farm, like less strength and coordination for handling farm equipment, experiencing falls and being injured by livestock. Raleigh personal injury lawyers at Brent Adams & Associates have found research that shows child laborers in agriculture are four times as likely to experience a fatal injury.
Surprisingly, the Marshfield Clinic, an organization focused on healthcare and advocacy, reports that 3 out of 4 children who are injured on the job were not working at the time of the injury. Studies aren’t complete on how children were injured in their workplace, but it can be theorized that curious kids were playing with hazardous equipment or playing with unpredictable farm animals when their injuries occurred. Many farms use ATVs and horses for transportation, which add to the farm injuries.
Outside of North Carolina farm injuries, west coast farms recently reported underage farm laborers working in extreme heat and carrying heavy loads. This puts teenagers who offer seasonal labor, illegal migrant workers, and farmers’ families in compromising situations that could cause life-changing injuries and illnesses. If you know a young adult or child who is working on a farm, share our Raleigh personal injury lawyer tips with them below. If you suspect a farm is illegally employing children, contact the Department of Labor here.
Tips For Teens Working on Farms:
It is illegal for anyone under 16 to use heavy machinery (unless they are related to the farmer). Mowing and tractor accidents account for the majority of farm injuries.
Encourage teens to pace themselves. There are no restrictions on farm work so children must gauge safe levels for carrying heavy loads, staying hydrated and avoiding exhaustion.
Don’t be afraid to ask for work gear. Masks and gloves should be provided if you’re working around chemicals, pesticides or fumes.