Articles Posted in Farm Accidents

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Tractor Safety: Rollovers

I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno, California Farm Tractor Accident Lawyer. Every year, thousands of American farmers are hurt in tractor-related accidents. Unfortunately, an accident like a tractor rollover can leave a farmer with injuries that make it impossible for them to continue their work. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that there are nearly 250 fatal tractor rollover accidents every year in the United States.

Rollover Protection Structures

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Fog and Farming Roads: A Recipe for Disaster

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton farming accident lawyer and I, like many Californians, am well aware of the dense fog that settles into our region from November to March. Known as tule fog, this dense fog is extremely dangerous for motorists, especially along narrow, poorly designed farm roads.

What is Tule Fog?

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Food Manufacturing Risks Workers’ Lives

Hello, my name is Ed Smith, a Merced farming accident attorney, and I want to help the nearly 210,000 Californians employed in the food production industry. The food production industry is a subset of the agricultural industry that serves as the backbone of this state. These workers risk their lives and limbs every day to take the raw food material grown and raised throughout the state and turn it into the products purchased in markets.

What is Food Production?

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Unknown Hazards Living Near Poultry Farms

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton farming accident lawyer. Many people in the Central Valley have seen the large clouds of dust around chicken and turkey farms, especially when the animals are being loaded into trucks. What many of these people do not know, however, is that this dust can have serious health effects. In fact, just living near a turkey or chicken farm can have severe health effects, including greatly decreased lung function, because the dust on poultry feathers is actually toxic to humans.

Toxic Dust on Turkey and Chicken Feathers

California Vineyard Accidents

California Vineyard Accidents

California Vineyard Accidents

I’m Ed Smith, a California farming accident attorney. It has been a particularly deadly year for California agricultural workers. At the Law Office of Edward A Smith, we help those working in this hazardous profession.

Farm Income Reports

Farm Income Reports

Farm Income Reports

I’m Ed Smith, a Northern California farm accident injury lawyer. We have learned from a recent report that Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus county farms are losing money and increasing risk to workers.

Hay Chopper Injuries

Hay Chopper Injuries

Hay Chopper Accidents and Associated Injuries

I’m Ed Smith, a Merced farming accident injury attorney. Farming is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world and the sources of injury on farms are endless. Many of the serious injuries and deaths, however, are caused by basic farming implements, used daily on thousands of farms across the United States. Hay choppers are one such implement responsible for several devastating accidents each year.

Cattle Truck Accidents Threaten Serious Injury

Cattle Truck Accidents Threaten Serious Injury

Cattle Truck Accidents Threaten Serious Injury

I’m Ed Smith, a Merced Farming Accident Attorney. On September 23, 2016, a cattle truck carrying 160 cattle overturned in the middle of Palmdale, California in Los Angeles County. The driver was not injured and no other vehicles were involved. Many bystanders, emergency personnel, and animal control workers became involved in the ensuing rush to wrangle the cattle. Investigators have not announced a cause of the accident.

Grape Picking Season Carriers Hidden Dangers

Grape Picking Season Carries Hidden Dangers

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton Farming Accident Attorney. The grape-picking season throughout central and northern California kicked off to an early start in late July, with some vineyards reporting 20 ton yields before the start of August. For most workers, though, their season began in California’s southern counties in May and will continue through November, bringing with it the potential for minor to serious injuries.

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Equal Pay For Farmworkers

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Equal Pay For Farmworkers

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton Farming Accident Attorney. The California Assembly voted in favor of a bill on Monday, August 29, 2016, that would make California the first state in the country to provide farmworkers the same rate of overtime pay given to workers in other industries. This effectively reverses an unfair practice of exempting farmworkers from wage rules.