2011 Alberta Farm Related Fatalities

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In 2011 there were 16 deaths investigated by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner that were related to farming.

Twelve of the deceased were male.

The average age of the deceased was 44. Children aged less than 18 accounted for 18.8% of the deaths (in only one of these child deaths was the child actually engaged in farm work). Seniors aged 65 or greater accounted for 25% of the farming deaths.

62.5% of the incidents resulting in death occurred in north rural Alberta (north of Red Deer).

The most deaths per month were in August and September and these two months combined accounted for 37.5% of all farming related deaths investigated by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in 2011.

68.7% of the incidents were related to machinery (this includes being caught in, crushed by, struck by, collision with another object, machinery roll overs, flips etc). Two of the machinery related deaths were related to tractors.

In 25% of the deaths, the injuries which caused the death were due to a non-machinery related crush. In half of these deaths the deceased had been crushed by a bale of hay.

6.3% of the deaths involved an animal.

For more information on farm-related fatalities, go to the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting.
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This information published to the web on August 23, 2012.
Last Reviewed/Revised on October 24, 2017.