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Delivering on the nation's promise: safety and health at work for all people.

Authors
Rosenstock-L
Source
J Agric Saf Health 1998 May; 4(Special Issue 1):9-10
NIOSHTIC No.
20025119
Abstract
American agriculture is a foundation of our nation's success. The men, women, and their families who comprise the American agricultural workforce are a resource beyond our measure; through their cultural and economic contributions they sustain our nation. While those who work in agriculture represent a relatively small segment of our society, they share a disproportionate risk for occupational infury and disease. Agriculture consistently ranks as one of the most hazardous industries in the United States. Among the most significant and striking occupational hazards seen in agriculture are acute traumatic injuries and deaths. During 1995 alone, workers in the agricutural sector (agricuture, forestry, and fishing) experienced 22 deaths per 100,000 workers, which far exceeds the average annual fatality rate for the U.S. civilian working population for the same time period, 5 deaths per 100,000 workers. Of special concern are the children (over 100) killed each year while involved in farm activities. Approximately 201,000 work-related lost-time injuries occurred on U.S. farms during 1993, which is nearly 10 injuries for every 100 farms. Those who work in agriculture are also at increased risk for work-related morbidity from musculoskeletal disorders, certain cancers, reproductive disorders, dermataological conditions, infectious diseases, hearing loss, stress-related mental disorders, and occupational lung diseases.
Keywords
Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Safety-measures; Injury-prevention; Occupational-health; Training; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Statistical-analysis
CODEN
JASHFD
Publication Date
19980501
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
Special Iss 1
ISSN
1074-7583
NIOSH Division
OD
Source Name
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
State
OH
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