Most Dangerous Jobs Agricultural Workers or Farmers

About one of the most dangerous or life-threatening jobs agriculture workers or farmers, information and dangers of the profession.


Agricultural Workers: Arguably human-kind's first occupation, agricultural work has become increasingly complex. Many deaths and serious illnesses are recorded every year, often in developing countries. Causes include accidents (from tractors, harvesters); herbicides such as paraquat (liver and kidney failure, together with severe fibrosis of the lung, sometimes requiring lung transplants); and insecticides of the organophosphorus type (pulmonary congestion, convulsions, coma, and death may occur within an hour). Other work-related diseases include farmer's lung (an allergic and sometimes fatal lung condition resulting from inhaling fungal spores found in moldy hay); tetanus (from organisms in manure); brucellosis, or undulant fever (carried in the milk of infected cows); Weil's disease (a leptospiral infection producing acute liver and kidney failure); organic mercury poisoning (from seed dressings); arsenic poisoning (from fungicides and sheepdip); methyl-bromide poisoning (this fumigant produces acute pulmonary congestion, kidney failure, psychological disturbances, and convulsions); and skin cancers (from excessive exposure to the ultraviolet rays in sunlight).

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