Most Hazardous Industries for Workers
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agriculture ranks among the nation’s most hazardous industries, with farmers at high risk for both fatal and nonfatal injuries. In 2016, 417 farmer workers died from a work-related injury, with tractor overturns as the leading cause of death.
Additionally, approximately 100 farm workers per day suffer an injury that results in lost work time. The most common work-related injuries suffered by farmers include those caused by tractor overturns, falls from structures, machine entanglements and suffocation, as well as environmental hazards such as fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals.