New 2014 PA Farm Fatality Summary
Posted: July 6, 2015
Since 1980, Penn State Agricultural Safety and Health (PSASH) have been tracking farm fatalities which allow us to examine both the big picture and details regarding fatalities. The data can be used to document specific problems and successes and to develop targeted risk-reduction programs on state, regional, and local levels.
The data summarized in this report is compiled from death certificates, newspaper clippings, and case follow-up. Information from these sources indicates that there were 25 farm and agricultural fatality incidents in 2014. Once the incident-related information was collected, it was classified using the Farm and Agricultural Injury Classification (FAIC) code. The FAIC code was established to ensure greater consistency in coding incidents related to farms and agriculture within the state. Categories 01–04 of the FAIC code cover occupationally-related deaths and categories 05–09 are fatalities associated with agricultural hazards but that were non-occupational.
In 2014, 18 (72%) of the recorded 25 fatalities were occupationally-related (FAIC 01-04) and directly related to production agriculture (FAIC-01). Non-occupational or farm lifestyle (FAIC-05-09) fatalities totaled 7 (28%) of the total number of fatalities. For more information, you can access the entire 2014 PA Farm and Agricultural Fatalities report.