The science and labor of cultivating animals, plants and other life forms is known as agriculture, husbandry or farming. The agricultural industry is the set of activities and enterprises that execute the various forms of cultivating crops, raising livestock, logging wood and gathering other natural resources.
There are over 2 million farms in the United States, with over 20 million workers on average (household, hired, or visitors). About 100 agricultural workers are injured every day, resulting in lost worktime, with a third of the injured being youth workers. Nearly 50% of hired crop worker injuries were classified as a sprain or strain.
Agricultural workers of all ages in this sector face dangerous conditions such as:
- Heat stress
- Confined spaces (grain bins, silos, storage tanks)
- Animal-acquired injuries and infections
- Chemicals (pesticides, herbicides)
- Falls from heights or into holes
- Objects at heights
- Harvesting, mowing machines and other production equipment
And the leading cause of death for farmers and farm workers is transportation related incidents; struck-by objects, equipment, or vehicles, especially tractor overturns.