Carolina Farm Injuries a Spring Risk

As spring arrives, there will be an increase infarming injuries throughout the Carolinas.

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Our Asheville worker’s compensation lawyers know that as the warmer weather comes around it brings with it increased farming activity and the end result is more farm injuries.

The fertilizer industry in particular suffers a number of injuries. For this reason, the Agricultural Retailers Association is partnering with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Fertilizer Institute to attempt and reach over 7,000 agricultural producers, distributors, retailers, and other facilities in the fertilizer sector to caution employers about safety concerns.

The dangers in the fertilizer industry often concern the safe handling and storage of ammonium nitrate.

This effort partly stems from the tragic ammonium nitrate explosion in April 2013. The incident killed 15 workers, following the explosion the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the fertilizer company with 24 safety violations.

The partnership will send a letter detailing safety recommendations to a variety of employers. The letter will detail many of the legal regulations and requirements as well as the best practices for safely handling and storing ammonium nitrate.

Executive Order 13650 was signed in August of 2013 mandating the federal government take steps to improve coordination among agencies and increase information sharing regarding regulations, standards, and policies.

OSHA regulations dictate the requirements for storing hazardous materials.

These regulations contain very specific requirements concerning the safe storage of various chemicals and blasting agents. Requirements include:

• Mandates that heating coils in the building should be installed so that containers which contain explosives are not able to come into contact with the heating coils. Air should also be free to circulate between the explosives, explosive containers and the coils.
• Heating ducts should be installed in a manner that does not allow for the discharge of hot air to be directed at containers holding explosives or explosives themselves.
• The temperature in a building, which stores explosive chemicals, should never reach 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
• A building which holds explosives should be ventilated sufficiently to prevent the heating or dampness of explosives but all ventilation should be screened to prevent sparks entering the facility.
• The ground around a storage facility should slow away from the building for drainage purposes.
• The area around a facility should be cleared for leaves, dried grass, and brush for at least 25 feet.

It is also very important to share these requirements with employers as well as employees to help prevent hazardous situations. However, the real key is that these recommendations be followed by employers to ensure the workers are as safe as possible.

Contact our Carolina worker’s compensation attorneys today by calling 800-887-1965.

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