Updated February 20, 2020
The Federal government has several laws covering the working conditions of farmworkers, and 3 those laws regulate workplace safety and health conditions. The 3 laws are: (1) The Fair Labor Standards Act, (2) The Occupational Safety and Health Act, and (3) The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
Farm employers and employees should understand federal farming laws in order to protect and inform themselves of farm safety.
The Fair Labor Standards Act is a United States labor law that creates the right to a minimum wage and overtime pay; establishes record keeping; and is the primary legislation controlling the employment and safety of child labor.
Because farming accidents are so common, especially among youth, it is important that record keeping and child employment are monitored.
The Occupation Safety and Health Act covers a wide range of safety issues in all places of employment, with the goal of encouraging safer workplace conditions in the United States. The Occupational Safety and Health Act also established the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to set standards and perform inspections at job sites.
The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act covers a wide range of pesticide related issues. It is a United States federal law that established a system of pesticide regulation to protect applicators, consumers, and the environment.
These laws, and many others, help make our farms safer and reduce the total number of farming accidents.
To learn more about agriculture in Indiana, read about the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA)—established to advocate for Indiana agriculture at the local, state and federal level; manage soil conservation programs; promote economic development and agricultural innovation; and more.
If you have been injured as a result of a farming accident, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Farming Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you with the next steps in pursuing a farming accident case, regardless of the type of accident. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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