Fatal Accidents

Agriculture is a cornerstone of the Irish economy.

The fatality rate in agriculture is far higher than any other economic sector.  A large proportion of all fatal workplace accidents occur in agriculture, even though a small proportion of the workforce is employed in farming. The level of farm accidents is not decreasing. Similar accidents occur each year. Research indicates that, in general, farmers’ attitudes to safety only change after serious injury occurs.

The age profile of those killed is of serious concern. The old and the young are exceptionally vulnerable to death and injury on Irish farms.

Check fatal and non-fatal accident statistics in the sector.

Main causes of deaths in Agriculture and Forestry over the last 10 years 2011-2020


Deaths due to Tractors and Farm Vehicles 2011-2020 (43% of all fatalities)


Deaths due to Machinery 2011-2020 (11% of all fatalities)


Deaths due to livestock 2011-2020 (19% of all fatalities)


Deaths due to Falls and Collapses 2011-2020 (14% of all fatalities)


Deaths of Children on Farms 2011-2020 (10% of all fatalities)


Deaths to Older Farmers (>65 years) 2011-2020 (45% of all fatalities)


Deaths to drowning, gas/asphyxiation on farms 2011-2020 (10% of all fatalities)