According to a report compiled by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, farming and ranching ranks as one of the most dangerous occupations.
A large portion of fatal injuries among farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers result from incidents involving motorized vehicles. Tractors, tools, and other farm machinery also pose safety liabilities. Agriculture is one of the few in which there were more fatal injuries than nonfatal in 2017.
The recent death of a woman on a ranch in Montana also highlights the dangers of ranch work and the importance of putting safety into practice.
USA Today covers the top 25 most dangerous jobs, with agriculture coming in at 11 and 8. Trucking also ranked at number 7 in the list.
Drovers discusses the tragic accident last week that killed a woman loading hay on Montana ranch and offers further reading that provides safety tips and resources for farmers and ranchers.