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Fewer Reports of Indiana Farm Accident Fatalities

Steve Wagner

The latest reports out of Indiana have shown that the downward trend of fewer farm accident fatalities continued in 2013, with 18 documented deaths, eight fewer than the year before. The report released by Purdue University also revealed that since 1996, the numbers have all stayed below 30 each year. Before that, and going back as far as 1970, there were as many as 50 per year.

Researchers have not been able to completely identify what is causing the downward trend, but the avoidance of tragic accidents is something to be thankful for. The reduction in work injuries has also had an impact on the younger crowd, with only one documented case of a fatality for anyone under the age of 21. That incident was the death of the 15-year-old boy whose tractor tragically overturned on him earlier this year in Elkhart County.

Although the specific reason for the decline is not known, it may be related to several factors, including the decreasing number of people living and working on farms, as well as the improvement in the safety of farm equipment over the years.

The causes of the majority of these accidents were suffocation in a grain bin, falling from a tractor or concrete silo, or being struck by farm equipment.

If you have been injured in a farming accident, call the attorneys at Wagner Reese to schedule a free consultation. You can reach us at (888) 204-8440 to learn more about our services and how we can secure workers’ compensation for you.


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