Indiana farm fatality abstract reveals optimistic traits, stresses employee security

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program launched the annual Indiana Farm Fatality Summary with Historical Overview, coinciding with National Farm Safety and Health Week. The annual observance has taken place in the course of the third week of September since 1944.

The program reported 20 work-related on-farm deaths within the state of Indiana in 2021. Data reveals that tractors are the most typical agent in farm-related fatalities, representing as many as 52% of documented circumstances prior to now 10 years, with six reported circumstances in 2021. Other causes included grain entrapment, tools runovers and entanglements, and asphyxiation by fumes in confined areas.

This reveals a lower from the 25 circumstances recognized in 2020 and marks the fewest circumstances reported prior to now eight years. Farm fatalities for the previous 50 years proceed to development decrease, seemingly reflecting safer equipment and work practices whereas additionally corresponding with a decline within the variety of farmers.

Despite this optimistic development, program members urge agricultural staff to stay diligent and observe security protocols. No Indiana company requires official documentation of farm-related accidents or fatalities, however prior Purdue analysis has indicated that every yr roughly 1 in 9 Indiana farms has a farmwork-related damage incident that requires medical consideration.

Documented incidents involving these age 60 or older account for almost half of all circumstances prior to now 5 years, together with 40% in 2021.

“Historically, farmers over the age of 60, together with many who work solely part-time, have accounted for a disproportionate variety of farm-related accidents. Recent spikes in frequencies of fatalities over the previous 10 years make this inhabitants of older farmers a particular concern,” the report states.

Males account for many fatalities, with just one feminine fatality recorded in 2021. One sufferer was a baby, however historic information reveals an total decline within the frequency of farm-related fatalities involving kids and youth.

Ed Sheldon, report co-author and Purdue agricultural security specialist, stated, “It is encouraging that the common variety of annual farm-related fatalities continues to say no. That stated, in 2021, a minimum of 20 Indiana households and communities felt the devastating impression of shedding one in every of their very own to a farmwork-related demise.

“That’s a really somber reminder that we must always by no means turn into complacent in our efforts to make our farms safer locations to stay and work.”

As Hoosier farmers start to reap, program members remind farmers to maintain security a high precedence. Agriculture security guides, catastrophe preparedness sources and the Indiana Farm Fatality Summary might be discovered on-line.

Writer: Ashvini Malshe, 765-496-7480,

Source: Edward Sheldon, 765-720-0229,


2021 Indiana Farm Fatality Summary with Historical Overview

Compiled by the Purdue University Agricultural Safety and Health Program

Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program has been monitoring farm-related fatalities in Indiana for almost 60 years. The earliest recognized abstract of circumstances, revealed in 1966, examined 76 fatalities reported throughout 1963. Purdue’s fatality database, although acknowledged as not being complete of all farm-related deaths, offers a novel historic perspective to discover traits which have occurred over a number of many years. During that point, the full variety of farms and the variety of folks instantly concerned in manufacturing agriculture have declined significantly, whereas manufacturing expertise and farming practices have remodeled dramatically. During the Forties and early Fifties the main identifiable reason for demise was livestock, primarily horses and bulls. These animal-related accidents and deaths have largely been changed, at a a lot decrease frequency, with tractors and equipment. The annual variety of farm-related fatalities continues to point out a common downward development that parallels the decline within the variety of farm operations. The discount within the variety of farm operations has seemingly contributed extra to the discount in farm-related fatalities than another single issue, at the same time as Indiana farmers have turn into extra productive than ever.

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