According to the most recent United States Department of Labor report, agriculture ranked as the most hazardous industry in the United States in 2017-18, reports The Bemidji Pioneer.
“The agriculture industry in 2017-18, which is our most recent completed analysis, exhibited the highest rate of injuries and illnesses of the industries studied,” Jake Fagliarone, a staff member with the Department of Labor, told the Pioneer. “Fatal injuries in agriculture were also the highest exhibited among the industries studied.”
According to recent surveys by the NIOSH, nearly 250 agricultural workers suffer a serious injury or death every day.
The most prevalent cause of injuries and deaths in the agriculture sector, totaling 20% of all agriculture fatalities, was transportation, including tractor overturns, collisions and accidental pinning.