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Farming, ranching is the state’s most dangerous occupation

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at 11:01 a.m.

The most dangerous jobs in Kansas in 2010 were on farms and ranches, according to the most recent Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, issued by the Kansas Department of Labor.

According to the department 19 farmers and ranchers were killed on the job that year, a fifth of all workers’ on-the-job fatalities. That was a decline from 2009, when 23 died in farm and ranch accidents.

Across all sectors, 85 people were killed on the job in Kansas in 2010. That was up from 76 in 2009.

Other categories suffering high numbers of fatalities are salesmen and truck drivers, with 12 deaths, and managers of salesmen, with five deaths.

Nearly half of all the on-the-job fatalities involved vehicles, on the road or on farms.

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