The U.S. agriculture industry ranked as the eighth most dangerous job in the country for 2016, according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
Motor vehicle accidents accounted for almost half of all fatal injuries among farmers. This indicated that more companies should invest in safety equipment for heavy-duty vehicles such as tractors.
The analysis based its findings on fatal and non-fatal injury rates in 62 occupations in 2016. There were 23.1 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers in the agriculture industry. Vehicle-related accidents comprised 44.6% of fatal injuries to employees. Non-fatal injuries normally involve falls, slips and trips.
In states such as Wyoming, farming occupations also accounted for the most workplace deaths, which comprised 34 cases that were the same in 2015. However, the state has been doing better than others in terms of reducing the fatality rate, as 36 out of 50 states recorded an increase in workplace fatalities in 2016. The U.S. Labor Department said that more than 13 deaths on average occur each day at the workplace.
Most Dangerous Occupations
The logging industry ranked as the most dangerous job two years ago with a fatality rate of 135.9 per 100,000 loggers. Injuries commonly result from being hit by a falling object, aside from accidents related to heavy machinery such as chainsaws.
For large companies, the need to maintain a safety record allows you to avoid costly class action lawsuits on workers’ safety. Mediation for employment disputes normally serves as a better alternative, in case there are unintentional lapses in your workplace facilitation system.
Workplace safety should be a priority for any employer, which could be possible by investing in equipment and fostering a culture of safety among workers. How do you protect your employees while at the job site?