University of Illinois Extension

Farm Deaths: 2008 & 1986-2008

Type of Incident 2008* 1986-
2008*
Tractor 10 320
Farm Equipment (Other than tractors) 3 96
Grain Bins 5 57
PTO Related 2 16
Electrocution 0 26
Animal 1 20
Roadway Related 4 71
ATV 0 6
Manure Pit/Storage 2 7
Other 7 95
Total 34 714
     
Tractor Incidents    
Overturns 4 177
Crushed by 0 8
Fell off and run over by 2 46
Run over while originally on ground 0 29
Pinned by 3 17
Other vehicle collided with tractor 0 21
Other 1 22
Total 10 320
     
Age of Victims    
Under 5 years of age 0 11
Five through 14 0 37
Fifteen through 24 3 63
Twenty-five through 44 10 134
Forty-five through 64 4 222
Sixty-five and older 15 236
Unknown 2 11
Total 34 714

*1986-92, 2002, 2005-2008 data compiled from the clippings provided by the Illinois Press Association. It is estimated that the data reported includes 60-80 percent of the actual farm work deaths in Illinois in those years. Data for 1993-2001, 2003 were compiled using Illinois Press Association clippings and a survey of death certificates by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Epidemiological Studies.