The most common farm fatalities involve tractors and last year was no exception. Four fatalities last year in Ontario involved tractors; three involved objects falling on people. Here is a list of the 10 Ontario on-farm fatalities.
Jan. 12: David Johnston, 41, died when he was pinned by the bucket of a skid steer near Listowel.
Jan. 22: A 36-year-old man died when he was struck by a concrete block being unloaded from a tractor at White Meadows Farms — a maple syrup farm—near St. Catharines.
Feb. 23: Garnett Smith, 53, died after a tree he was cutting fell on him on his farm near London.
March 16: Patrick Unger, 57, died when he fell into a grain silo near St. Thomas.
May 4: John Dorner, 60, died when he was pinned by a farm tractor while trying to clear a stump in Western Ontario.
May 27: Wayne Shapton, 57, died of injuries from an accident while getting an ATV ready for fencing pasture for his cattle in Huron County.
May 31: An 18-month-old girl died after she drowned in a barn’s water trough in Huron County. OPP say that siblings were playing outside when the girl walked away from the group to an adjacent livestock barn.
June 19: Christopher Duncan, 22, died when he became tangled in the beaters while cleaning inside a running forage bin at Madawaba Farms at Pakenham in Lanark County in Eastern Ontario.
July 4: Marcus Frey, 4, died after a tractor tire, leaning against a wall, tipped over and fell on him in Western Ontario.
Sept. 26: Glynn Waterton, 84, died after being pinned between a bale of hay attached to a tractor and a steel cattle feeder in Grey County.