Farmworkers Sickened by Pesticides
Among all workers in the U.S., farmworkers are most likely to be hurt at work, either through physical injuries or toxic exposure to chemicals. Migrant farmworkers are protected by workplace injury prevention laws in San Jose, but many of them don’t know their rights.
North Carolina is home to 150,000 migrant field workers each year. These people are exposed to 62 million pounds of pesticides used on the state’s farms annually. As a result of toxic exposure, and of employers failing to provide essential protective equipment, these farmworkers often get hurt at work. They suffer symptoms like severe dizziness, persistent vomiting, and skin rashes. Migrant farmworkers are under-represented, although a workers’ compensation attorney can help them seek justice.