- According to the 2013 US Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the combined occupations of agriculture, forestry and fishing has the highest rate of occupational deaths with 480 farm work-related deaths annually.
- Each year, 115 children ages 0-19 are killed with 4 of 5 of them being present in the workplace, but not working.
- Tractor accidents are the leading cause of death at around 125 annually. Other deaths involve livestock, falls and suffocation from grain or gases.
- Every day, roughly 167 agricultural workers suffer a lost-work-time injury. Five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment.
- The mean cost of a tractor overturn is $1 million.
- Every $1 invested in ROPS installation yields $3.75 in investment return
- The annual cost of occupational agricultural injuries is $8.3 billion with the mean cost of a single tractor overturn accident being $1 million.
Our hearts are breaking for the community of Winner and the family of Taylor Watzel. We want everyone to stay safe during this harvest season. Miles Mendal of Doland interviews with KDLT here on the ripple effect a death in the farming community has on South Dakota.