Working in agriculture, there are a few things that you should be aware of. You are exposed to many kinds of hazards each day, which means that good training is essential. Your employer is responsible for providing training and information on the hazards that you may be exposed to in the workplace.
There are several common kinds of injuries often seen in agricultural workplaces. These may include:
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Animal-related injuries
- Limb amputation or crushing from large machinery
- Overturn accidents
As an agricultural worker, it’s essential that you tell your employer if you see any unexpected hazards in the workplace or are put into a situation that you are not comfortable with. For example, if you have never worked with horses, it would not be reasonable to ask you to take care of the stable without appropriate training.
If you will be around toxic chemicals on a farm, then one thing to do is to get to know what those chemicals are and to read their hazard communication safety data sheets. Why? These sheets give you all the information you need on how to respond if you are exposed to these chemicals. You’ll learn first-aid measures, how to fight fires, toxicology information and other vital data that helps you protect yourself and your coworkers.
What happens if you get hurt while working?
If you suffer an injury while working on the farm, it’s a good idea to let your employer know and to call 911 or head to the hospital. There, you should let the doctor and medical team know that this is a work-related injury, so that they can give you the appropriate documents for your employer.
When you speak with your employer again, you may want to provide them with information about your injuries, so that they can submit that information to the workers’ compensation insurance provider. They should begin the claim for you, so that you can get benefits if you cannot return to work as a result of your injuries.
If your employer refuses to file a claim or your claim is denied, it’s your right to appeal and to pursue alternative options for seeking the medical care and money you need.