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What are the most common accidents in agriculture?

What are the most common accidents in agriculture?

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The most common cause of serious and fatal injuries in agriculture involves moving and overturning vehicles.

Other causes of accidents include:

  • falling from a height (through fragile roofs, trees etc);
  • struck by moving or falling objects (bales, trees etc);
  • trapped by something collapsing or overturning;
  • livestock related fatalities;
  • asphyxiation / drowning.

Many farm accidents occur during repair and maintenance work and animal care. Accidents involving animals are frequent but usually they are not severe. Most accidents involve farm machinery. The tractor is the most commonly machine in farm fatalities, mainly involving older workers. The most common mechanism in tractor fatalities is roll-over, often involving towing. In the countries, in which tractors have to be equipped with a roll-over protection system, fatalities caused by roll-over accidents have reduced dramatically.