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Last updated on Wednesday, September 21, 2011
(UNDATED) - A Purdue University study says overturned tractors and workers being run over by machinery were the leading cause of accidental farm deaths in Indiana in 2010.
The study released Tuesday found 23 people died in farm accidents across the state last year. The 23 farm deaths were three more than reported in 2009 but five fewer than in 2008. Just eight farm deaths were reported in 2006, the lowest number since Purdue began collecting accident data about 30 years ago.
Purdue Extension farm safety specialist Bill Field says the deaths from overturned tractors could have been prevented by the use of protective rollover frames.
The frames have been standard equipment since 1985 but farmers sometimes remove them to fit a tractor through shorter storage building doors.
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