Agricultural and farm work are some of the highest risk jobs in the nation, and more than 370 fatalities were reported in 2012. The large majority of these deaths were caused by tractor roll-overs. These figures suggest that agricultural workers in Illinois may be at a high risk of injury.
Almost 2 million people work in agriculture each year, and about half of these farmers are under 20-years-old. There were 113 deaths recorded in 2012 for this age range. In addition, about 160 injuries due to farm-related accidents occur each day with approximately five percent resulting in permanent disability.