Margie Margentino, Former Program Associate, Animal Sciences

Karyn Malinowski, Director, Equine Science Center

Sara Malone, Teaching Instructor, Department of Animal Sciences


Every year there are an alarming number of farm-related injuries nationwide. In 2014 alone, there were an estimated 60,000 work-related agricultural injuries involving adults working on farms and approximately 12,000 involving children. Farm owners and managers must make a concerted effort to ensure safety around the farm and reduce farm-related accidents. Buildings are the site for almost 30% of all farm-related injuries. To help reduce the number of accidents and injuries to employees, visitors, and stock, care needs to be taken to ensure that buildings and the surrounding areas meet common safety standards. This fact sheet will help owners and managers to identify areas of concern and how to correct any possible problems.


Horse/Livestock Barns


Turnouts and Pastures




Arenas and Jump Courses


Surrounding Acreage



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  2. Poisonous Plants Informational Database. 2005. Cornell University.
  3. A. Griffin. October 2014. “Equine Facilities: Barn Alleyways and Access Doors.”
  4. A. Griffin. October 2014. “Encephalomyelitis in Horses.”
  5. “West Nile Virus in Horses.” October 2014.
  6. National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS). 2004. “2001 Adult and Childhood Agriculture-Related Injuries.”
  7. National Fire Protection Association. 2018. NFPA 1: Fire Code.
  8. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. 2014. “Occupational Injury Surveillance of Production Agriculture Survey 2001, 2004, 2009, 2012 and 2014.” (PDF)
  9. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. 2018. “Agriculture Safety.”
  10. National Safety Council/Farm Family Insurance Company. 1990. “Your Farm Safety Is No Accident!”
  11. National Safety Council. 1975. “Hazard Checklist for Agriculture.”
  12. Reinsurance Association of Minnesota. 1983. “Fire Safety in Agricultural Buildings.”
  13. Roberts, William J. 1979. “Buildings for Pleasure Horses.” Rutgers Cooperative Extension.


Other Related Rutgers Cooperative Extension Fact Sheets

  1. FS605: Accident-Proofing Farms and Stables, Rutgers NJAES

This publication was made possible in part by a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Program on Agricultural Health Promotion Systems for New Jersey.

Revised June 2019