Have You Had a Farming Accident?

| 9/14/2009 11:12:12 AM

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Farming is a noble profession, but it can sometimes be a dangerous one as well. According to a 1990 report from the National Safety Council, farm accidents and other work-related health problems claim as many as 1,300 lives and cause 120,000 injuries a year. Have you ever been injured on the farm? Please share your experience in the interest of promoting farm safety — perhaps you can keep it from happening to someone else. 

Photo by iStockphoto/ Alistair Scott 


1/15/2014 8:18:15 AM

Farming accident is a very serious matter for the farmer, the accident happen at the time of farming in the land or operating any machine at the time of farming. So most of the equipment companies give the training about the machine and they told how to operate very smoothly. A good operation machine always give the good products to the farmer. http://www.virginiasinjurylawyers.com/

paul ferenchak
2/7/2011 10:55:14 PM

While feeding my horses, a malfunction and poor design of the joystick hydraulic control on the tractor loader caused a round bale to raise rather than level the load which caused the bale to be launched onto my head and neck. I was temporarily paralysed below the chest, did recover, but required extensive surgery to correct unstable cervical and thoracic fractures. Many do not survive this event. I strongly believe that any loader with a joystick control should have a FOPS (falling object protection system/structure)mandatory. FOPS should receive the same attention and concern as ROPS equipment.

9/29/2009 12:47:31 PM

Early this season helping my wife to put miles on the horses at the Summer/Day Camp that she works as the Equestrian director I failed to check the Girth after watching three smaller persons ride the same horse. Well long story short my pride (backside) was sore for the next three weeks. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR GIRTH! A few seconds of time could of saved me a great deal of pain.

nanette j.
9/18/2009 1:49:03 PM

In 2004 I was traveling through a pasture that housed several 2 year old bulls. One of them moved in the way and since they were hand raised and had never shown agressive behavior I just shooed him to get him out of the way. When I woke up I had a head injury and a bruised spleen. Never under estimate livestock - as it could be a deadly mistake.

9/17/2009 7:27:42 PM

A farmer in our town who ironically was the president of the farm saftey commission in our area was killed. He was unloading some silage when the auger became wedged on some frozen silage. He didn't turn the auger off but went to the top of the silo and kicked the silage loose. The auger spun and caught his pant let and wound him up to his groin before jamming again. He was able to summon help and the EMT's didn't know how to get him out of the auger so a surgeon was called. They figured the only way to get him out was to amputate his leg. Unfortunately, during the amputation his femoral artery was severed and he bled to death right there in the auger. ALWAYS turn off equipment before servicing or unjamming it.

9/17/2009 5:32:45 PM

I recommend always keeping a cell phone in your pocket. My ladder slipped out from under me in my hay barn and I fell about 8 ft to the ground and couldn't get up. The ladder was on a pallet which turned out to be rotten and broke, causing the ladder to fall over and me to get tangled up in it on my way down. I was able to call my husband. He wouldn't answer the phone, but finally came out the door and yelled "What are you doing crawling on the ground?" I had gotten half way back from the barn to the house by that point and he came to help. I had the phone in my pocket, because I was alone on the farm for a few days when my mare bit my gelding on the hind end while I was in the pasture. He bolted, knocking me off my feet and slamming me against a wooden fence. I was able to throw an arm over the top rail to keep from getting under foot and being trampled. Nobody would have found me for days if I had been hurt and I didn't have a phone with me. Now I never go anywhere even for a few minutes without a phone in my pocket, especially around the animals.

john _4
9/17/2009 7:51:16 AM

I was combining the last field of corn and was having problems with the corn head throwing a chain. I thought I saw the problem and got off the combine quickly throwing it into neutral [I thought] but leaving it running. I climbed under ther header and all of a sudden the combine started moving slowly forward. I tried to keep ahead of it but ran out of gas and decided that the best move would be to lie there with my head turned sideways. Well it ran over my head,chest and left leg. I survived thanks to the big guy upstairs with relatively minimal injuries. But now I tell everyone to have the keys to the farm equipment in your pocket when dismounting. It would have saved me from being run over by a 12 ton behemoth.

frank kling
9/17/2009 4:42:53 AM

Further to my post of 9/15, for the record my neighbor was not taking any "short-cuts". The man has worked in farming and heavy machinery for 70 years and was always immensely careful. Until this summer he never before had an accident. Farming is quite dangerous and freak accidents happen, which are entirely out of one's control.

frank kling
9/17/2009 4:37:59 AM

My friend grew up in rural Illinois and as a teenager he worked for the county road commission. His supervisor was a hard working, but kind farmer who worked on the commission for supplemental income. While the two were working one summer they came upon the man's tractor, which was stuck in the ditch at the corner of a hay field. His son was brush-hogging the field, yet was nowhere to be found until they discovered the poor boys dismembered body. While brush-hogging the boy hit a hidden ditch, bounced off the tractor, and fell underneath the blades. Sadly, the old man was never the same.

bp leeds
9/16/2009 11:58:50 PM

A friend of mine here in PA was in a car accident, he asked me to help him by working there, while he was recovering. I used to feed the animals and take care of the things around the small farm. One night I went out side for a walk. On my way back I decided to take a pee. I did not realize the fence was electric and peed on it. Be careful and never do that. I woke flat on my back in the road very sore.

bob r
9/16/2009 11:19:49 PM

Boy, that hay is dangerous! When I was a boy I was helping my uncle put loose hay up in the loft of the barn. Somehow I lost my balance in the slippery hay and fell headfirst into a hole. I was exactly upside down, and if my uncle had not been there to pull me out by my ankles, I don't know how I would have extracted myself. Though not raised on the farm, by brother and I always looked forward to spending time there. I was not much for riding horses. I had the terrifying experience of being on a horse when it decides to bolt for the barn. The ride ended when, nearing the barn, the horse slipped and fell on its side, going around a curve in the muddy driveway. The arm I fell on was a little sore, but other than that, no harm done.

9/16/2009 9:50:50 PM

My beloved old family doctor ended his own life in a most miserable way: he too was toting a round bale with a frontloader, over to a neighbor's as a present. It tipped back and rolled onto him, mashing him backwards off his tractor seat, breaking his back and leaving him stranded, hanging upside down by his hands, still welded to the tractor wheel, with a broken back and paralyzed. His wife found him that way about an hour later, managed to get him transported to the hospital emergency department where he died a few hours later. This was a hell of a way to end a life of service to his community and we all miss him terribly. Many farming accidents are entirely preventable. Taking short cuts, not considering the possible consequences before acting, taking something routine for granted--all of these acts can get you killed or maimed for life in an instant. Take care.

virginia f.
9/16/2009 5:33:05 PM

My brother was killed while bushhogging in the bottoms next to the creek 7 weeks after my father had passed. Somehow he got too close to the creek and the undercut bank (recent severe hurricane rains)gave way and the tractor fell upsidedown and backwards and crushed him in the creek. He was very athletic but it is hard to get out of a tractor seat while you are falling down and back, and a tractor is coming down on top of you. So please always know where you are mowing and any changes that have been made in the terrain due to severe weather, etc.

dan gates
9/16/2009 3:44:43 PM

My dad was working on a cuber and had to crank the press to get it unstuck, well the cuber took the wrench out of his hands, whipped it around hitting him square in the shoulder knocking a 230 pound man off his feet. If it had been 4 inches higher dad would have been done farming. Having grown up on a farm my recommendations are that if you try to save time you put your life in danger. If you take shortcuts you endanger yourself and your animals. If you think you have a better idea, stop and think about it. It only takes one time to end a life, but a lifetime to remember your mistakes.

frank kling
9/15/2009 8:12:47 AM

Although I have not had an accident, my neighbor who is a lifetime farmer, broke his neck earlier this summer while moving a round hay bale to his cattle feed lot. He was using a front loader and had the bucket up with a round hay bale when the loader lost traction. The round bale fell off and struck him thus breaking his neck. Thank goodness he was not killed or paralyzed, but it will be a number of months before he is back to normal.

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