Equipment Accident Highlights Importance of Safety Education for Arkansas Workers
It’s no secret that working on a farm can be dangerous. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2012, around 61,000 employees in the agricultural industry were injured, and another 374 workers lost their lives as the result of workplace accidents.
Statistics tend to indicate that the large heavy equipment used in farming is a major factor in many agricultural injuries and fatalities.
An Arkansas equipment accident that happened last month highlights just how common these incidents are. Reports indicate the accident happened on Nov. 15 in northeast Arkansas.
According to the Stuttgart Daily Leader, the 68-year-pld victim was using a cotton gin when his arm became caught in the machine. Rescue crews were called to the scene and had to dismantle the equipment to remove the victim’s limb before he could be transferred to a hospital for further treatment.
You may be wondering what steps you should take if they’re injured while working. The Little Rock personal injury attorneys with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain that you should:
- Report the Accident– Tell both your employer and the proper authorities that you’ve been injured on the job.
- Get Medical Treatment– It’s important that you seek the medical care that your need for your injuries.
- Collect Evidence– Be sure to hold on to all receipts related to your accident’s expenses. Getting photos of the accident scene, as well as statements and information from witnesses, can also be crucial to your case.
- Talk to an Attorney– Before you accept a settlement—or even file a claim—it’s wise to discuss your legal rights with a qualified attorney.
Our legal team is available to speak with you anytime if you’ve been injured in an equipment accident, so call us anytime at (800) 767-4815 to learn more about how we can help.