Nationally agriculture ranks among the most dangerous industries.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Bureau of Labor Statistics:
    • 5,816 agricultural workers died from work-related injuries between 2003 and 2011.
    • 570 agricultural workers died from work-related injuries in 2011.The fatality rate for agricultural workers was 7 times higher than the fatality rate for all workers in private industry; agricultural workers had a fatality rate of 24.9 deaths per 100,000, while the fatality rate for all workers was 3.5.
    • The leading cause of death for farm workers between 1992 and 2009 was tractor overturns, accounting for over 90 deaths annually. The most effective way to prevent tractor overturn deaths is the use of Roll-Over Protective Structures; however, in 2006 only 59% of tractors used on farms in the US were equipped with these devices.
  • According to a study the National Ag Safety Database, workers 55 years of age and older comprised about 52% of agricultural fatalities.
    • The largest identifiable source of fatal traumatic injury was tractors (37%), followed by trucks and harvesting machines. Together, these three sources of injury accounted for over half of the fatalities in agricultural production.
    • The most common injury events were "overturning vehicles/machines" with over quarter of the deaths attributable to this category, followed by "fall from and run over by vehicle or machinery" and, then, "caught in running equipment". These three injury event categories accounted for almost 40% of all the agricultural production deaths that occurred between 1992 and 1998.
  • Every day, about 243 agricultural workers suffer a serious lost-work-time injury. Five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment.
  • Teen workers who live and work on farms are also exposed to potentially dangerous farm-related hazards. Farm operators who hire youth to work on their farm should be aware of all applicable child labor laws. Teen Safety includes information on teen workers and safety.

North Dakota Agricultural Injury Facts