2015 Pennsylvania Farm Fatal Injury Summary

Annual summaries of farm fatalities help identify hazards and risks associated with production agriculture.
2015 Pennsylvania Farm Fatal Injury Summary - Articles

Updated: March 16, 2017

Summary of Farm Fatalities By Primary Source Category

Percentage is rounded.

Primary Source CategoryNumberPercentage
Agricultural and Garden Machinery518.5%
Animal and human powered vehicles13.7%
Environment and environmental conditions13.7%
Highway vehicle, motorized414.8%
Material and Personnel handing machinery13.7%
Off-road and industrial vehicles - powered1244.4%
Plants, trees, vegetation not processed13.7%
Structures and surfaces27.4%
Total27100%

Farm Fatalities Incident Summary

The Primary Source1 of injury or illness identifies the object, bodily motion, or exposure which directly produced or inflicted the previously identified injury or illness.

The Secondary Source2 of injury or illness identifies the object, substance, or person that generated the source of injury or illness or that contributed to the event or exposure.

Agricultural and Garden Machinery

Primary SourceDescription of Incident
Brush hogBrush hog fell on victim during repairs
Brush hogVictim fell from tractor; run over by brush hog
Brush hogVictim fell from tractor; run over by brush hog
Brush hogVictim fell from tractor; run over by brush hog
Powered industrial carrier (Poultry feed cart)Poultry feed card overturned on Child

Animals and human powered vehicles

Primary SourceDescription of Incident
WagonChild crushed between two horse drawn wagons

Environment and environmental conditions

Primary SourceDescription of Incident
Fire, fumes, smokeVictom spilled gasoline while burning brush (died 2 weeks later)

Highway vehicle, motorized

Primary SourceSecondary SourceDescription of Incident
AutomobileTractorCar driver struck vintage age tractor and was killed
AutomobileStand-on mowerCar driver struck victim who was operating stand-on mower on roadway
Pick-up trucktractor and manure spreaderPick-up driver read-ended unlighted, unmarked tractor and manure spreader
Trucks, motorized freight haulingVictim run over by grain hauling truck in field

Material and personnel handling machinery

Primary SourceDescription of Incident
Elevators, hoists, aerial liftsVictim fell from collapsing aerial lift hitting head on steel beam

Off-road and industrial vehicles - powered

Primary SourceDescription of Incident
Tractors, ptosChild passenger fell from tractor beneath wheel
Tractors, ptosRear overturn of tractor while trying to pull tree with chain
Tractors, ptosTractor rollover on Christmas tree farm
Tractors, ptosTractor rollover during field work
Tractors, ptosTractor rollover near ditch
Tractors, ptosTractor rollover while mowing reservoir bank (foldable ROPS not in place)
Tractors, ptosTractor rollover while packing a trench silo
Tractors, ptosTractor backed over steep bank; rolled onto victim
Tractors, ptosTractor rollover, victim pinned beneath front-end loader
Skid steerChild run over by skid steer
Skid steerChild run over by skid steer
Skid steerSkid steer bucket pinned victim during repair

Plants, trees, vegetation not processed

Primary SourceDescription of Incident
Trees, logs, limbsTree fell on victim while clearing timber with tractor

Structures and surfaces

Primary SourceDescription of Incident
SiloWorker fell from broken scaffolding during silo construction
SiloVictim fell inside silo during repairs

Farm Fatalities based on Age of victim

Age of VictimNumber of Fatalities
0-42
5-93
10-140
15-190
20-240
25-291
30-341
35-390
40-440
45-491
50-542
55-595
60-645
65-691
70-740
75-793
80-841
85-892
90-940
95-990
Unknown0

Farm Fatalities based on Month of the year

Month of FatalityNumber of Fatalities
January1
February3
March0
April2
May1
June2
July1
August4
September4
October7
November2
December0

Farm Fatalities based on Day of the week

Day of the WeekNumber of Fatalities
Sunday0
Monday2
Tuesday6
Wednesday11
Thursday1
Friday3
Saturday4

Fatalities by Farm and Agricultural Injury Code

The Farm and Agricultural Injury Classification (FAIC) Code is a classification scheme used in some states. The code provides a mechanism to separate out incidents not directly related to the work of production agriculture. The FAIC was introduced in Pennsylvania in 1992 and revised in 2000; therefore 2015 totals can only be compared with 2001-2014 totals. Fatality reports since 2000 have been used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) to characterize primary and secondary sources of injury. BLS revised the structure of categories in 2012. Most changes are subtle, but use caution when comparing the 2015 report to previous reports.

Sectors of Agriculture

  • Farm Production (FAIC 01): 14
  • Other sectors: 0

Subtotal: 14 (52%)

Other Exposures

  • Rural Living (FAIC 05-09): 13
  • Undetermined: 0

Subtotal: 13 (48%)

Farm and Agriculturally-Related Total: 27 (100%)

Note:

FAIC-01. Farm Production Work (14 cases)
FAIC-02. Forestry and Logging (0 cases)
FAIC-03. Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping (0 cases)
FAIC-04. Agricultural and Forestry Support Services (0 cases)
FAIC 05. Worksite Exposure: Workers, Outside Services (4 cases)
FAIC 06. Farm Hazard Exposure: Equipment, Tools and Products (6 cases)
FAIC 07. Farm Hazard Exposure: Structures & Landscape (1 cases)
FAIC 08. Farm Hazard Exposure: Animals (0 cases)
FAIC 09. Farm Hazard Exposure:Roadway Accident (2 cases)

Authors

Douglas Schaufler, Ph.D., P.E.