Officials stress safety in height of harvest season

Harvest season is in full swing in Malheur County. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

Malheur County has seen a steady but low rate of injuries in agriculture in recent years, according to state data.

Farm safety has come into sharp focus locally following two recent deaths.

Last year in Malheur County, around 1,000 people made their living from crop and animal production. That same year saw 17 reportable injuries in those industries in the county, according to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Data from OSHA, the federal worker safety agency, classifies reportable injuries as those that lead to hospitalization, loss of an eye, or amputations.

From 2013 to 2018, agriculture in Malheur County saw a high of 20 such injuries reported in 2013 to a low of nine in 2015 . . .