2016 Pennsylvania Farm Fatal Injury Summary

Annual summaries of farm fatalities help identify hazards and risks associated with production agriculture.
2016 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 Machinery27.5%
Animals27.5%
Fires13.7%
Highway vehicle, motorized13.7%
Off-road and industrial vehicles - powered1555.5%
Other steam, vapors, liquids, ice13.7%
Plants, trees, vegetation not processed518.4%
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 SourceSecondary SourceDescription of Incident
Harvesting and threshing machinery, n.e.c.Groundfarm accident (hay rake fell from tractor forks while moving hay rake)
UnspecifiedDriver thrown from farm equipment

Animals

Primary SourceDescription of Incident
HorsesInjured in an equestrian accident
SheepBlunt force trauma from a farm animal (sheep)

Fires

Primary SourceSecondary SourceDescription of Incident
Fire, fumes, smokeAg building - barnCaught in barn fire

Highway vehicle, motorized

Primary SourceDescription of Incident
Pick-up truckVictim backed over by pickup truck operated by another

Off-road and industrial vehicles - powered

Primary SourceSecondary SourceDescription of Incident
Animal waste products - manureManure pitSkidloader went into agricultural waste pond
ATVATV overturned
CombineDecendent was struck by falling combine header
Front-end loadersRun over by track front end loader
Tractors, ptosDeceased was plowing driveway - tractor rolled over and down a large bank
Tractors, ptosFarm tractor rollover pinned driver
Tractors, ptosTrying to push start a farm tractor, was run over by tractor and hay baler
Tractors, ptosgroundDecendent was run over by tractor that coasted away while being worked on
Tractors, ptosFarm tractor rollover
Tractors, ptosFarm tractor rolled over and pinned deceased to ground
Tractors, ptosgroundEjected operator of tractor that rolled over
Tractors, ptosTractor accident
Tractors, ptosTractor rollover pinned decedent
Tractors, ptosRun over by rear farm tractor tire
Tractors, ptosFarm tractor accident

Other steam, vapors, liquids, ice

Primary SourceDescription of Incident
WaterFell through ice into water in creek that adjoins property

Plants, trees, vegetation not processed

Primary SourceSecondary SourceDescription of Incident
Field crops (hay)Impacted by fallen large hay bale
Plants, trees, vegetation (not processed)groundFell from pile of christmas trees on trailer to ground
Trees, logs, limbsWhile cutting trees, decent was struck by falling tree
Trees, logs, limbsTree fell on decedent
Trees, logs, limbsStruck by falling limb while cutting down a tree

Farm Fatalities based on Age of victim

Age of VictimNumber of Fatalities
0-42
5-90
10-141
15-191
20-240
25-291
30-340
35-391
40-440
45-490
50-540
55-592
60-643
65-694
70-743
75-796
80-841
85-891
90-940
95-990
Unknown1

Farm Fatalities based on Month of the year

Month of FatalityNumber of Fatalities
January3
February1
March1
April2
May1
June8
July3
August2
September1
October2
November2
December1

Farm Fatalities based on Day of the week

Day of the WeekNumber of Fatalities
Sunday2
Monday4
Tuesday5
Wednesday3
Thursday2
Friday4
Saturday7

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 2016 totals can only be compared with 2001-2015 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 2016 report to previous reports.

Sectors of Agriculture

  • Farm Production (FAIC 01): 13
  • Other sectors: 0

Subtotal: 13 (48%)

Other Exposures

  • Rural Living (FAIC 05-09): 14
  • Undetermined: 0

Subtotal: 13 (52%)

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

Note:

FAIC-01. Farm Production Work (13 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 (0 cases)
FAIC 06. Farm Hazard Exposure: Equipment, Tools and Products (8 cases)
FAIC 07. Farm Hazard Exposure: Structures & Landscape (5 cases)
FAIC 08. Farm Hazard Exposure: Animals (1 cases)
FAIC 09. Farm Hazard Exposure:Roadway Accident (0 cases)