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Agriculture—the farming of crops or animals—is one of the largest industries in the world. Globally, it employs an estimated 1.3 billion workers, and in the United States in 2017, it employed more than 2 million full-time workers.
Unfortunately, farming is also one of the deadliest and most hazardous professions in the world. Internationally and nationally, agriculture ranks alongside construction and mining as the most dangerous industry.
The National Agricultural Safety Database collects data about the United States agricultural industry, and the International Labour Organization performs similar research across multiple industries worldwide. Recent statistics concerning farming accidents include the following:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal accident data in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry in the United States is as follows:
Fatal and nonfatal farming injuries, which occur most often during summer harvesting months (June, July, and August), can be caused by several different factors. Common causes of farming accidents include defective farming equipment, missing product labels or equipment warnings, farm structure or equipment fails, and improper training.
Most agriculture work is physically demanding, raising the risk of accidents. Additionally, farming is one of the few lines of work where living and employment conditions are mixed; in addition to agriculture workers, family members living on the farm are at risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries.
Fortunately, most farming accidents can be prevented. Check out our blog that provides tips to help prevent a farming accident.
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. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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