Tractor-Related Incidents Make Miscellaneous Farming a Deadly Job
Miscellaneous farm workers are the 10th most dangerous job in the U.S., partly because of accidents involved tractors and other off-road vehicles.
Miscellaneous farming landed on the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. for 2016, according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
It showed that there were 17.4 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers in miscellaneous agriculture. Around half of these injuries stem from accidents involving motorized off-road vehicles, including tractors.
Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers also landed on the list with a much higher fatal injury rate than miscellaneous workers. In 2016, there were 23.1 injuries per 100,000 employees. Injuries caused by motorized vehicles also accounted for a significant portion of fatal injuries.
For this reason, employers need to revisit their safety protocols on equipment such as using high-intensity discharge (HID) lights for tractors. Farmers who work at night will particularly need this to avoid encountering untoward incidents. Aside from choosing quality tools, you also need to strengthen a culture of safety among your workers.
Truck drivers also joined the list, so it was quite expected that 80% of injuries that they sustained were due to motor vehicle accidents. The trucking industry has the most number of workers in the top 10 list with almost 3 million drivers.
It recorded a 24.7 fatal injury rate per 100,000 workers in 2016. Although vehicle-related accidents are unsurprisingly the cause of most injuries, investing in the right type of safety product may prevent such incidents. It would not only save you from potential business losses but also protect your company from a workplace injury complaint.
Fatal injuries from vehicle-related accidents served as the common denominator for workers in the miscellaneous farming, agriculture and trucking industry in 2016. Employers in these sectors should know that choosing to spend on safety equipment and tools will be cheaper than having to recuperate losses from workplace fatalities.