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Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*
AS AUTHORIZED BY THE PA SUPREME COURT

Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*
AS AUTHORIZED BY THE PA SUPREME COURT

Tractors are crucial to farming but they can be dangerous

Every Farm across Pottsville, Pennsylvania, is likely to have a tractor. These vehicles play a pivotal role in harvesting and other agricultural duties.

While there is no doubting the efficiency of using tractors to carry out tasks across the farm, they also have the potential to be dangerous. In fact, studies indicate that tractor accidents account for approximately 50% of all farmworker deaths each year. Recognizing some of the more common risks of using tractors could assist in preventing further accidents.

Rollovers accidents are of particular concern

Rollover accidents are among the most common incidents involving tractors in rural locations. Essentially, this involves a tractor overturning and ending up on its side or roof. Tractors are especially heavy, so when they overturn, they place the driver at immediate risk of injury as well as anyone else who is in the vicinity.

Cars and tractors don’t always mix

While tractors are mainly utilized in fields and private areas, there are times when they need to enter the public roadways. Typically, a tractor will not be able to move at the same pace as other vehicles, meaning that clashes can occur. Heavier motors are also not able to maneuver in the same way as lighter vehicles, which makes it difficult to get out of the way should there be a need to do so.

As a farmworker, it is highly likely that you will need to utilize a tractor at some point and it is vital that you remain safe when doing so. If you have been involved in an accident on the job, there may be legal options open for you to pursue compensation for any injuries.