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 he agriculture industry. The information, checklists, links and other resources found on this page are 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 2020.
- 21 workers in Indiana's agriculture industry died on-the-job in 2020.
- 19 of the workplace fatalities in the agriculture industry in 2020 are attributed to the crop production segment.
- About 1 in every 8 fatal workplace injuries in Indiana in 2020 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 2020.
- The agriculture industry has the second highest non-fatal worker injury and illness rate (4.3 per 100 workers) in Indiana.
- Approximately 60% 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 10.
- The most common nature of injury in the agriculture industry in Indiana is fractures (38%).
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.
To review OSHA standards for the Agriculture industry, 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