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Industry Snapshot | Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, 2015-2019 | August 2021


Background

The agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector is comprised of establishments engaged in growing crops, logging, and raising or harvesting animals from a farm, ranch, or their natural habitats.

As of 2019, there was an average of 1,263,160 people employed in the private sector of this industry in 106,998 establishments.

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses

In the private agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry during 2019, there were 50,900 total recordable cases (TRC) of nonfatal injuries and illnesses. Of those, 17,000 had days away from work (DAFW), 14,400 had days of job transfer or restriction (DJTR), and 19,500 had other recordable cases (ORC). The total recordable case incidence rate per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 5.2.



Table 1. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected case characteristics in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting in private industry, 2019
Case characteristic[1]Number of cases

Nature of injury or illness

Sprains, strains, tears

3,980

Soreness, pain

3,520

Fractures

2,020

Cuts, lacerations

1,730

Bruises, contusions

1,480

Part of body affected

Hand

3,000

Back

2,070

Multiple body parts

1,480

Knee

1,190

Ankle

1,080

Event or exposure leading to injury or illness

Struck by object or equipment

3,210

Fall on same level

2,550

Animal and insect related incidents

1,530

Fall to lower level

1,270

Caught in or compressed by object or equipment

1,200

[1] Data shown correspond to Nature, Part, and Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Fatal occupational injuries

Fatal work injuries totaled 577 for the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry during 2019, compared to 574 during 2018.

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, all United States, 2015-2019
Event or exposure[1][2]20152016201720182019

Total fatal injuries (number)

577596584574577

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

4150545057

Transportation incidents

290266277274265

Fires and explosions

131316146

Falls, slips, trips

3441383534

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

3334233347

Contact with objects and equipment

163188175167167

[1] CFOI data by event are only provided if there are fatal case counts in three or more of the six event categories.

[2] Data shown correspond to Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Note: Dashes indicate data do not meet BLS publication guidelines.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Sources

Employment data come from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.

 

Last Modified Date: August 11, 2021