How common are farming accidents in Kansas? What are the most common dangers farmers and agricultural workers face on the job? There are approximately 2 million full-time farmers and up to 2 million hired crop workers in the United States. Dangerous accidents are common and in 2016 the CDC recorded 417 farmers and farm workers who suffered fatal accidents. Most fatal accidents involve transportation incidents including vehicle overturns, crushing incidents, etc. These accidents can result from poor training, poor vehicle maintenance, careless operation by another worker, etc.
Farming and Farm Related Fatalities in Kansas
As of 2017, there were just under 60,000 farms in Kansas covering nearly 46,000,000 acres of land. These farms were tended to by nearly 62,000 full-time farmers and untold numbers of part-time workers.
Over the past 31 years, more than 660 farm accident fatalities were recorded in Kansas which is an average of 22 per year. The mean age of victims was 48.6 years old. While most victims are men, the number of of woman killed has more than doubled over the past few decades. Nationwide, farmers have an annual mortality rate of 60-70 per 100,000 workers.
Non-Fatal Farming Injuries
Every day the CDC estimates that 100 farm workers suffer an injury that requires time away from work. Approximately 50% of these incidents involve strains and sprains caused from operating machinery or handling livestock. Every year, approximately 1 in every 5 farm workers will suffer a non-fatal injury requiring time away from work. Carelessness and improperly addressing known hazards while operating equipment or performing other work related tasks are common causes of non-fatal accidents.
Dangerous Equipment Down on the Farm
There are numerous pieces of farm equipment that can cause serious injury or death to farmers and agricultural workers. These include hay rakes, combines, plows, bailers, etc. Tractors are the most common cause of farm accident fatalities in Kansas. Approximately 50% of fatalities are caused by "caught in equipment" incidents where workers become entangled within the machinery during operation. Approximately 39% of fatalities are caused by crushing injuries that include the vehicle rolling over the victim or crushing the victim between other equipment, machinery, buildings, etc.
ATV's and Farm Accidents
In 2017, there were 10 fatal farming accidents in Kansas. Of these, 4 involved the use of an ATV. Nationwide, it is estimated that 300 to 400 ATV-related fatalities occur each year. From 2012 to 2014, 7 fatalities were recorded in Kansas and over the 3-year period the state had a fatality rate of 2.4 per 1 million residents. Many factors can cause an ATV accident on the farm. These include inexperienced drivers, poor road/trail conditions, bad weather, faulty equipment, and contact with other vehicles on crowded country roads.
Brad Pistotnik Law is a Wichita law firm that represents farmers and agricultural workers injured in farming accidents Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Florida, Missouri, and Illinois. Whether the accident occurred near Winfeld, Hugoton, Lawrence, Topeka, Salina, Newton, Dodge City, Garden City, Arkansas City, Goodland, Hugoton, Coffeyville, Great Bend, Hastings, Omaha, Tulsa, or elsewhere in these states we always give free consultations and we answer the phone 24/7 and on weekends and holidays for free legal consultation. Contact our farm accident attorneys at 1-800-241-BRAD or on our local line at 316-684-4400. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can call Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237. In Western Kansas you can call 620-THE-BULL.