What are the risks to farmers and agricultural workers?

| Feb 27, 2020 | Farm Safety |

When it comes to the farming and agricultural industry, there are many risks that you may not initially recognize. When you think of farming accidents, likewise, transportation accidents may not be your first thought. Did you know that agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States? In fact, farmers are the not the ones at risk in the agricultural industry. 

In fact, the farming industry is one of the only industries where family and friends who live on the premises have risk of injury. This is especially true if family works on the farm. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health explains the risks in the agricultural industry, especially when it comes to farming vehicles. 

In the U.S., there are over 2,000,000 fulltime agricultural workers. In addition, there are nearly 900,000 youth under the age of 20 who live on farms and about half of those have jobs on the farm. Per every 100,000 workers, there are about 20 deaths. Some of these deaths involve heavy equipment and transportation vehicles. 

If you live in a rural area, odds are you see farming equipment on the main roads. What you may not know is that tractor overturns and transportation accidents are among the leading cause of death for farmers and farm workers. There are ways drivers of tractors and other farming equipment can help prevent deaths and accidents. One way that workers can prevent rollover deaths is through rollover protective structures and seatbelts. Over half of all tractors on farms have these systems to protect drivers.