AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHING
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Inputs: Occupational Safety and Health Risks
More than 3.1 million workers were employed in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry during 2001. Compared with all industries, agriculture employed proportionately more workers aged 16-19 (7.2% versus 5.1% for all industries) and workers aged 55 and older (22.9% versus 13.6% for all industries) [BLS 2001b]. Farm tractors accounted for 2,165 fatal occupational injuries during 1992-2001 and were the leading source of these deaths in agriculture, forestry, and fishing. Trucks and fishing boats were also major sources of death in this industry and accounted for 795 and 434 fatal occupational injuries, respectively. [BLS 2002a]; [Myers 2003]. During 1992-1997, machinery caused 1,021 fatal occupational injuries and was the leading cause of these deaths in agriculture, forestry, and fishing as reported on death certificates. The next leading causes of these deaths were motor vehicles (624 fatalities) and falls (235 fatalities).
In 2009, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industries recorded 551 fatal work injuries. The majority of fatal injuries in these industries occurred in crop production (278).
Fatal occupational injuries* by private industry † and selected event or exposure, 2009
|Sector / Program||Fatalities||Selected event or exposure §|
|Number||Percent||Highway||Homicide||Falls||Contact with Object|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||551||13||11||1||6||18|
|Forestry and logging||51||1||18||0||0||51|
* Totals include data for industries not shown separately.
† Based on the North American Industry Classification System, 2002.
§ The figure shown is the percent of the total fatalities for that industry group.
Additional BLS occupational fatality information can be found in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries
Nonfatal injuries and illnesses
In 2008, the total reported nonfatal injuries and illnesses declined in private industry workplaces (3.9 cases / 100 FTE workers in 2008 compared with 4.2 cases / 100 FTE workers in 2007). While the incidence rate for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing was significantly higher (4.9) than that of private industry (3.7) in 2008.
Detailed data on nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector can be found at:
NIOSH Worker Health Chartbook, 2004
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2004 - 146
The Worker Health Chartbook, 2004 is a descriptive epidemiologic reference on occupational morbidity and mortality in the United States. A resource for agencies, organizations, employers, researchers, workers, and others who need to know about occupational injuries and illnesses, the Chartbook includes more than 400 figures and tables describing the magnitude, distribution, and trends of the Nation's occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.
NOTE: Data presented in this document are based on the 1987 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC), which does not correspond directly with the 2002 NAICS. For information on converting 1987 SIC codes to 2002 NAICS codes, see: http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/
- Worker Health Chartbook, 2004 search results for figures and tables related to Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
- Page last reviewed: October 25, 2012 (archived document)
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Office of the Director