Carolina farming accidents a common danger, particularly for younger employees

A Carolina work accident was reported on Monday when a man was injured inside a tobacco barn in Horry County, South Carolina and flown to the Medical University, WMBF News reported.

Rescue workers report the man was seriously injured when he was struck by a beam while working inside the barn. The accident happened just before 11:30 a.m. near Caines Landing Road. The worker’s age or medical condition was not released.
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A 15-year study of farming injuries by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that teenagers are among those at the highest risk. As we reported recently on our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, specific state and federal laws govern the employment and safety of teenagers in the workplace.

Each year, some 2 million farm workers under the age of 20 are exposed to hazardous job conditions. And nearly 2,200 young workers were killed during the 15-year-study period — or about 150 deaths per year. Adults are also at significant risk.

The most common causes of serious and fatal farming injuries include drowning, machinery accidents, firearm incidents, mechanical accidents, injuries caused by being struck by an object, and electrical current.

North Carolina farming accidents claim the lives of about 5 young workers per year, while accidents in South Carolina claim the lives of 2-3 young workers per year.

A separate study by East Carolina University found about 34 farmers a year are killed in tractor accidents in North Carolina.

That report found that farming remains the most dangerous occupation in the country after farming.

If you are dealing with a Carolina farming accident or an accident involving a teenage employee, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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