- In 2009, 440 farmworkers died from work-related injuries. The fatality rate for farmworkers in crop and animal production was 7 times higher than the fatality rate for all workers in private industry; farmworkers had a fatality rate of 24.7 deaths per 100,000, while the fatality rate for all workers was 3.5. The fatality rate for farmworkers in crop production alone was significantly higher than for all farmworkers — at 32.7.
- The leading cause of death for farmworkers between 1992 and 2009 was tractor overturns, accounting for over 90 deaths annually. The most effective way to prevent tractor overturn deaths is the use of Roll-Over Protective Structures, however in 2006 only 59% of tractors used on farms in the US were equipped with these devices.2
- Every day, about 243 agricultural workers suffer a serious lost-worktime injury. Five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment.
- In 2010, the injury rate for agricultural workers was over 20 percent higher than the rate for all workers. Agricultural workers' injury rates were 4.8 per 100 workers, while the rate for all workers was 3.8.
- Young workers who live and work on farms are also exposed to potentially dangerous farm-related hazards. Farm operators who hire youth to work on their farm should be aware of all applicable child labor laws.
- Approximately one half of farmworkers are Hispanic. OSHA requires that employers conduct all required training of workers in a language and vocabulary workers can understand. OSHA's Hispanic Outreach Module of Compliance Assistance Quick Start, Spanish-Language Compliance Assistance Resources, and Podemos Ayudar (We Can Help) pages identify Spanish-language outreach resources, and detail how employers can work cooperatively with OSHA.
Agricultural operations are covered by several Occupational Safety and Health standards including Agriculture (29 CFR 1928), General Industry (29 CFR 1910), and the General Duty Clause. You can view all of the applicable OSHA standards, preambles to final rules, directives and standard interpretations for agricultural operations, as well as other Federal standards here.
1Agricultural Safety. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Workplace Safety and Health Topic.
2 Statistics from the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) data.