A story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review highlights an encouraging trend in the farming industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics over the course of twenty years, farm accidents have dropped more than two-thirds.
Although the numbers indicate that farmers are placing more emphasis on safety, there’s still much room for improvement.
Tractor overturns were the leading cause of death among 374 farmers and farm workers who were killed on the job in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The most effective way of preventing those accidents is to have a rollover protective structure on a tractor or skid loader, the CDC said, but only 59 percent of tractors used on farms have that protection.
On average, 113 youths younger than 20 died each year from farm-related injuries between 1995 and 2002. Of those deadly accidents, 23 percent involved machinery, including tractors, while 19 percent involved motor vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles.