Farm-related child fatality numbers higher than other industries
Agriculture, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ranks as one of the most dangerous places in the country for teens. Every three days, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident, and each day at least 33 children are injured.
Several factors make farming especially hazardous for children, says Marsha Salzwedel, NFMC & NCCRAHS project scientist. Salzwedel says since 2009, more young people have died working in agriculture than in all other industries combined.
A lot of things make farming dangerous, Salzwedel said in a recent Farm Press interview. "The inherent dangers in farm work, coupled with teen characteristics such as the tendency to take risks, behave impulsively, and a drive to prove themselves, increase the risk of injury," she said. "Youth often think they know more than they do and may have a limited sense of vulnerability."
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