2013 Farm Related Fatalities in Alberta

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2013 Farm-Related Fatalities Investigated by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

In 2013, there were 16 deaths investigated by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (CME) that were related to farming.

All of the deceased were male.

The average age of the deceased was 64. None of the deceased were children under 18 years of age. Seniors aged 65 or greater accounted for nine of the 16 (56%) farming-related deaths.

56% of the farm-related deaths occurred in south rural Alberta (south of Red Deer).

In all cases, the date of death and the date of incident were the same. In all but one instance, the death was at the scene. In one incident, the person was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The month with the most deaths was January. Three of the 16 deaths happened in January 2013 (19%). The first quarter of 2013 (January 1 – March 31) had the greatest number of farm-related fatalities and accounted for 31% of the deaths.

Number of Farm-Related Fatalities
January - March 2013
April - June 2013
July - September 2013
October - December 2013

Seventy-five percent of the incidents were related to machinery. Half of the machinery related deaths were related to tractors.

Drowning was the cause of two of the 16 non-machinery related deaths. The other two non-machinery related deaths were caused by falling bales of hay.

There were no farming-related fatalities involving an animal during this time period.

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This information published to the web on April 30, 2014.
Last Reviewed/Revised on October 24, 2017.