Farms across Maryland contribute to the fundamental needs of society with their food production. This important work, however, involves many workplace hazards. Every year, the National Safety Council reminds farm workers and farm owners to stay alert for dangerous situations while cultivating, harvesting and processing crops.
Citing the thousands of annual injuries associated with farm work, the council urges farmers to put safety first. Safety experts place agriculture among the most dangerous industries. A study done by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2013 found that 500 people died while working on farms that year. This translated into a rate of 23.2 fatalities for every 100,000 agricultural workers.