Articles Posted in Farm Accidents

Turlock Resident Dies After Conveyor Belt Accident

A Foster Farms processing plant worker died in an accident on April 27 in Turlock at a poultry installation after he fell asleep and was pulled into the production conveyor belt. He suffered a fatal head injury. Luis Salazar, age 30 and a Turlock resident, reportedly fell asleep, and coworkers roused him several times before the accident. He was declared dead at the scene. 

Two Men Killed in Almond Shaker Machine Accident

Two men were crushed to death in a machine-related accident at an almond orchard in southwest Fresno County on January 5, 2019. Fresno County Fire responded to the incident at about 11:15 am at Vista Verde Ranch on Harlan and Stanislaus Avenues where they found both men pinned under a large almond shaker machine. The men, identified as Arnold Torres, 66, of Lemoore and Angel Barajas, 31, of Cantua Creek were pronounced dead at the scene.


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.


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 hazardous for motorists, especially along narrow, poorly designed-farm roads.

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.

Unknown Hazards Living Near Poultry Farms

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.

Farm Income Reports
We have learned from a recent report that Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus county farms are losing money and increasing the risk to workers.

Recent farm income reports released by Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus county all reveal decreased gross farm income, according to the Modesto Bee. This means that the farms in each respective county brought in less money in 2015 than they did in 2014, forcing many farms to downsize at a large cost to the entire economy of all three counties.

hay chopper
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.

What is a Hay Chopper?

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.

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