Some Sobering Statistics:
The Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program reports an average of 114 people killed and another 1,499 seriously injured in farm-related accidents each year.1
Farmers are five times more likely to be killed through an occupational accident than workers in any other industry.
Agriculture also has the highest rate of disabling injuries of any occupation.
The 2001 census found that half of all farm accidents happened when the victim was working alone and 25% happened in the presence of another family member. Most disabling injuries were due to unsafe use of equipment and happened in the busy fall season, typically in late afternoon.
1 Agricultural Fatalities in Canada 1990 – 2008, Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting, 2012.