91: Death on a Dairy

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“Being trampled, being struck by livestock, being struck by vehicles, backed over. People have fallen into and drowned in manure pits.”

- Steve Kaplan, OSHA
Turns out small dairy farms can be some of the most dangerous, unregulated places to work. There are hinges and machines and huge cows to contend with. Over the past decade in New York State alone, 70 dairy workers have died on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, investigated only six of those deaths.

Life of the Law reporter Eilis O’Neill traveled to upstate New York to find out why it's so dangerous to work on small dairy farms.