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From the environment and farming equipment, to the machinery and livestock, work in the agriculture industry is hazardous. Farming is one of the few industries in which families, who often work and live on the premises, are also at risk for fatal and non-fatal injuries.  

This webpage has been developed to connect employers and employees with critical information and resources to ensure worker safety and health in the agriculture industry. The information, checklists, links and other resources found on this page is not a substitute for worker safety and health training.

Fatal Occupational Injuries in Indiana's Agriculture Industry

The information provided below was extracted from the Indiana Department of Labor's preliminary analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) data for 2010.  
  • 22 workers in Indiana's agriculture industry died on-the-job in 2010.
  • More than 60% of the workplace fatalities in the agriculture industry in 2010 are attributed to the crop production segment.
  • 1 in every 5 fatal workplace injuries in Indiana in 2010 occurred in the agriculture industry.
  • 12 of these fatal workplace injuries were transportation-related

Non-fatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in Indiana's Agriculture Industry

The information provided below was extracted from the Indiana Department of Labor's analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) data for 2010.  

  • The agriculture industry has the second highest non-fatal worker injury and illness rate (7.2 per 100 workers) in Indiana.
  • More than 38% of the non-fatal injuries in this industry required the affected worker to spend 1 or more days away from work.
  • The average number of days away from work for the affected worker was 3.  
  • The most common nature of injury in the agriculture industry in Indiana is sprains (43%). 

Further analysis will be provided in the Indiana Department of Labor's annual IN Review publication, which will be published early 2012. 

Website Links and Additional Resources

The Indiana Department of Labor's INSafe division provides free, confidential and onsite consultation to Hoosier employers. Employers will not receive citations for safety and health hazards identified by INSafe Consultants. Instead, INSafe Consultants proactively work with employers and employee to identify and correct these hazards. Requests for onsite consultation or technical assistance will not initiate and IOSHA inspection.

For more information about INSafe, please click here. Employers may request a free onsite consultation online by clicking here.

To review OSHA standards for the Agriculture industry, please click here.

Other helpful links and resources may be found below.

Agricultural Operations
Farm Safety 4 Just Kids
Grain Handling Safety Advisory
Grain Storage Facility Operator Letter
Indiana FFA
Indiana Farm Bureau
Indiana State Department of Agriculture
Managing Moldy Corn
National Ag Safety Database
NIOSH Agriculture Topics
NIOSH Agriculture Safety
Preventing Tractor Overturns with ROPS
Youth in Agriculture