Going to a farm can be a memorable experience for your child. He will be able to see the production of foods which he eats and interact or play with animals that are being groomed by farmers. However, this place is also dangerous for him because of the heavy equipments that are found in it.
As a parent, you should do everything that you can in order to protect your child when he visits a farm. Before you take your child to it, it is important for you to be aware of the different accidents he might be involved in when he uses or goes near farm equipments.
You child may sustain injuries if a farm equipment used in it possesses defects, which can cause it to malfunction while being used. Because farm machineries are dangerous, especially if they are defective, people may die or be injured while using them. According to statistics, around 1,300 farm workers die each year due work-related injuries.
Mowers, hay processors, threshers, and combines lessen the burden of farmers, but can also be dangerous for your child. Here are the different kinds of injuries your child may sustain while visiting a farm:
- Shearing or cutting injuries- Equipments that have sharp edges like blades can cause severe skin cuts or even damage your child's limbs.
- Pinching injuries- Your child's hands, fingers, or clothing may be severed after being trapped between two pieces of equipments that move together.
- Crushing injuries- Raised equipment might suddenly roll or fall, causing anyone who is trapped underneath to sustain serious or fatal injuries.
Here are some tips which can enable you to protect your child from farm equipment injuries:
- During a farm visit, you should never leave your child unsupervised or wander on his own. In addition, do not allow him to play in places where farm equipments are stored or being used.
- Do not let your child ride on or play with farm machineries, even if there is someone who is supervising him.
- Teach your child how equipments can be turned off. It may enable him save himself when an emergency situation occurs. Meanwhile, if a caregiver was tasked to monitor your child during the farm visit, it is important that you teach him how to handle these machineries so that he can save your child in the event of an accident.
For more information about farm equipment injuries and liability issues in farm accidents, do not hesitate to contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney.