Annual PA Farm Fatality Statistics
Annual summaries of farm fatalities help identify hazards and risks associated with production agriculture. Typical incidents include tractor overturns, PTO and other machinery entanglements, skid-steers, animals, confined spaces such as manure storage pits, silos and grain bins, farm ponds, hazardous gas and chemical exposures, and farm woodlot hazards. Victim’s ages have ranged in age from 18 months to over 90 years old, and of course include both males and females. Special populations of victims include youth, senior farmers, Anabaptist, and migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Incidents occur all year long but often peek during the summer months and during the harvest season. Work activities that may result in a fatal accident include interactions with livestock such as dairy and beef cows and bulls, horses and mules, working in the woods with a tractor and trees and logs, farm field work, and maintenance of farm equipment, buildings and structures.