The downward trend of Indiana’s farm-connected fatalities continued in 2013 as the state noticed 18 deaths, in accordance to a Purdue University report.
The complete is 8 fewer than had been reported in 2012, providing Indiana fewer than 30 documented deaths from farm-related accidents every single 12 months given that 1996, according to the Indiana Farm Fatality Summary, which was released final week. Just before that, far more deaths had been widespread going back to at least 1970, with 2 years having at least 50.
“Achieving zero incidents may be an unrealistic purpose, but the record clearly displays that one thing is doing work and that many tragic incidents have been prevented throughout the identical time as Indiana farmers have become much more productive and productive than at any time in history,” the report explained.
Indiana also has noticed a regular decline in the number of farm fatalities involving young children and others younger than 21. Only 1 documented victim in 2013 was underneath the age of 21 — a 15-year-old boy who died when a tractor overturned in northern Indiana’s Elkhart County.
The report cites a number of possible variables in the decline in farm-related deaths, such as the lower in variety of individuals living and operating on farms, improvements in the security of farm equipment and significantly less use of youth labor.
Accidents had been documented in the following counties in 2013: Bartholomew (2), Dearborn, Dubois, Elkhart, Fountain, Franklin, Fulton, Hancock, Hendricks, Howard, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte (2), Lawrence, Marshall and Posey. These included suffocation in a grain bin, falling from a tractor and a concrete silo and becoming struck by farm products, among other leads to. 3 men and women died from becoming hit by a falling tree.
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