The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that each day 500 agricultural workers suffered disabling injuries in 1996. Nearly half of these injuries resulted in permanent impairment.

Tina Daniels, farm safety specialist at Colorado State University, says the cost to producers for on-farm injuries can be enormous. Consider the following averages:

Daniels says injuries also come with a hidden cost, such as training a replacement employee or lost production goals when you operate understaffed. Additionally, frequent injuries can have an adverse impact on employee morale, which often leads to lower productivity.