Farm Related Deaths Decline In Indiana, Injuries Still High

Farm-related fatalities fell from 23 in 2010 to 16 in 2012, a Purdue University study found.

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An Indiana farmer harvests soy beans.

The number of farm related deaths is dropping, but injuries are still a problem. Sixteen farmers died on the job last year in Indiana, down from 23 the year before.

Purdue University professor Bill Field says despite fewer deaths, farming is still dangerous.

“If you‘re looking at these, just as you drive down the road and you think about one out of every nine farms that you pass, someone ends up going to the emergency room, or a physician to be sewed up, or to be treated in some way, and that‘s just far too many,” he says.

Field says the main cause of deaths for farmers is still tractor overturns, because some Hoosier farmers are still using older equipment without modern safety features

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