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Agricultural Safety- An Overview

susan_harr5 years ago

The agriculture industry may be an important part of our country’s economy, but it also ranks among the most hazardous industries for Americans to work in. In 2009 alone, 440 farm workers died from job-related injuries.

Farming Injury Facts and Statistics 

  • Approximately 1,783,000 full-time workers were employed in agricultural production in the U.S. in 2009.
  • During this same year, 440 farmers and farm workers died from work-related injuries.
  • Between 1992 and 2009, 9,003 farmers and farm workers died from work-related injuries in the U.S.

Common Injuries and Causes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics from 2003-2007, the most common farm injuries were caused by falls, machinery accidents, and run-ins with animals. Tractor accidents were the leading cause of death, and the most common non-fatal injuries included:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Torn ligaments
  • Fractures
  • Cuts
Youth on Farms

“Farming is one of the few industries in which the families (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries,” CDC

  • More than 1 million children and adolescents under 20 years of age resided on farms in 2009, with about 749,000 of these and other youth performing work on the farms.
  • In 2009, an estimated 16,100 children and adolescents were injured on farms; 3,400 of these injuries were due to farm work.
  • On average, 113 youth less than 20 years of age die annually from farm-related injuries.
  • Of the leading sources of fatal injuries to youth on U.S. farms, 23% percent involved machinery, 19% involved motor vehicles, and 16% were due to drowning.
Contact an Experienced Workplace Injury Attorney

Thomas J. Henry fight to protect the rights of workplace injury victims. If you have been injured while on the job or if your employer has not put the safety of its employees first, contact Thomas J. Henry. The goal of our offices is to not only protect your rights, but to send a message to your employer so the same tragedy does not happen again.


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