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146 fatal work injuries involving tractors occurred in 2018

July 13, 2020

A total of 146 workers suffered fatal injuries in incidents involving tractors in 2018. This was the lowest number of work deaths involving tractors on record between 2011 and 2018. Among fatal incidents involving tractors, 103 of the 146 deaths in 2018 occurred to workers age 55 or older, and 67 deaths were to workers age 65 or older.

Number of fatal work injuries involving tractors, 2011–18
Year Fatal injuries

2011

166

2012

159

2013

155

2014

163

2015

162

2016

176

2017

158

2018

146

Among these deaths, 97 workers died from transportation incidents in 2018, with 62 specifically from nonroadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles. Another 47 workers in 2018 died from contact with objects and equipment, with 38 of these deaths due to being struck by an object or equipment.

Number of fatal work injuries involving tractors by event or exposure, 2018
Event or exposure Fatal injuries

Transportation incidents

97

Nonroadway incident involving motorized land vehicle

62

Roadway incident involving motorized land vehicle

25

Pedestrian vehicular incident

7

Rail vehicle incidents

3

Contact with objects and equipment

47

Struck by object or equipment

38

Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects

8

There were 96 fatal injuries to workers involving tractors in 2018 whose activity at the time of death was vehicular and transportation operations. Another 25 tractor-related deaths involved constructing, repairing, or cleaning.

Farms were the location of 103 tractor deaths in 2018. Another 31 occurred on streets and highways, and 5 took place at private residences.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 146 fatal work injuries involving tractors occurred in 2018 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/146-fatal-work-injuries-involving-tractors-occurred-in-2018.htm (visited December 01, 2021).

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