Many Pittsburgh residents likely think about farming as a peaceful, meditative occupation. That is far from the truth however. As it happens, individuals who work in this occupation routinely lose their lives. According to a study recently released by the Center for Progressive Reform, throughout the nation, an average of one worker dies each day.
There are many things that could cause this to happen to field workers. As is the case for anyone working outside in the summer, the heat can be an issue. In addition, rough terrain can cause a worker to easily trip and fall. Other issues more exclusive to farming such as electrocution due to irrigation equipment and becoming caught in silos can quickly claim workers' lives.