Serious drought continues to plague California, driving up the cost of water for communities and making it more and more difficult for the local farmers to grow enough food to keep afloat. As the weather conditions continue to make life harder for the farm workers, the work becomes more and more dangerous.
A Fresno farm worker was killed on June 18th when his tractor flipped over, crushing him underneath. The number of farm accidents in California continues on a troubling trend. There are a variety of ways the ongoing drought makes farming more dangerous, including:
- Encouraging farm workers to work harder and faster to cover more ground as crop yields decrease, making it more likely an accident will happen
- Causing farmers to lay off more and more staff, increasing the risk of injury as fewer people try to do more work
- Changing the topography of the land, causing farmers driving once familiar terrain to roll their tractors and other heavy machinery
- Hot dry conditions reducing the lifespan of tires and other parts of heavy machinery
- Driving companies managing farms to higher inexperienced workers, who are more likely to be hurt or killed on the job
Farm accidents are some of the most devastating kind, often resulting in death or dismemberment. When such an accident occurs, it is easy to blame yourself, not realizing there are often other contributing factors, such as improperly assembled machinery, or a boss who has forced you to work in hazardous conditions.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a farm accident, it is important you determine what actually caused the accident. The large farming companies have the power to whitewash an accident if given the chance, and you must not allow this to happen. Please contact an experienced attorney who will know the right questions to ask to get the answers you need.