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Central Valley Tractor Accident Kills Two

I’m Ed Smith, a Tractor accident lawyer. A tractor accident in Fresno County recently killed two women. Many of us face the risk of similar accidents every day on our rural and farming roads throughout our California counties.

Image Attributed to David Wright at Wikimedia Commons
Image Attributed to David Wright at Wikimedia Commons

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According to the United States Depart of Labor, half of the fatalities among agricultural workers (276 of 570) was due to vehicular accidents on a farm.  Between the years 2003 and 2011, approximately 1,533 deaths were attributed to farm tractors.  The deaths associated with farm tractors include laborers in the agriculture, fishing and forestry communities.  Fatalities resulting from vehicular accidents among agriculture workers were typically associated with tractor rollovers.  A survey in 2002 was conducted in the United States regarding the subject of tractor rollover accidents.  Of the 6,000 farm owners and farm operators interviewed about 1 in 10 farms experienced a tractor overturn.  For every fatality in a tractor accident another four other people are injured.  Sadly, the agriculture industry holds the third highest death rate that  equates to approximately 22.7 deaths per 100,000 agricultural workers.

Even if there is no fatality involved in a tractor rollover it is not uncommon for the tractor operator to experience severe injury due to being crushed or maimed by the tractor.   Much of the injury farmers experience due to tractor rollover accident can be associated with the lack of rollover protective structures.  A survey states that more than half of trailers in use on farms do not have rollover protective structures.  While newer tractors often come with a rollover protective structures some workers have removed the structure. A rollbar or rollover protective structure has been shown to do much reduce fatalities. The rollover protective structure works best when a seatbelt is also used. This prevents the person from being ejected into the path of the falling tractor.  Many farm accidents can be prevented with proper machinery design, guards, education and/or adequate safety warnings.

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