Farm safety gets by-the-numbers review

Farm safety gets by-the-numbers review

Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America offers a snapshot of just what it costs when a farm injury happens.

The cost of a farm injury may be apparent - at first. You have the injured party, perhaps a family member or a farm employee. But the true costs of on-farm injuries may surprise you. The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America - an industry group - figures the annual cost of occupational injuries in agriculture is $8.3 billion in medical costs and lost productivity.

That's according to a new infographics "Facts 2015 - Be Safe. Be Profitable." The group says that an effective safety program can save $4 to $6 for every $1 invested. The group points to other facts as well in the report:

Farming is still a very dangerous business, as new safety stats show.

* Although 87% of farms are operated by individuals or families, hired workers perform 60% of the work. And 80% of those workers are foreign born.

* The ag/forestry/fishing business sectors chart the highest rate of occupational deaths across all industries at 22.2 per 100,000 workers - that's 480 total deaths per year.

* About 115 children die in the farm workplace each year, and 80% of them were just present, not working.

The group figured up the total cost of an injury including loss of a productive worker, loss of the machinery, reduced productivity impacted by disruption, emotional distress and the time to hire a replacement including retraining costs. And ASHCA figures the mean cost of a tractor overturn is $1 million. That's an astounding number from a single accident.

The group notes that tractors are the leading cause of death on the farm, with about 125 per year.

You can see the entire report graphic online to learn more about the true costs associated with accidents on the farm.

Source: ASCHA

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