Proceedings of the National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) 2004 Annual Conference. Madison, WI: National Institute for Farm Safety, Inc., 2004 Jun; :1-16
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in an on-going effort to address the issue of injuries to youth on farms in the U.S., collaborated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to complete the 2001 Childhood Agricultural Injury Survey (CAIS). These data, collected via telephone surveys, provide information on nonfatal injuries which occurred to youth under 20 years of age on U.S. farms during 2001. The injuries include both occupational and non-occupational incidents. The CAIS data indicate that there were approximately 1,653,317 farms in operation in the U.S. during the 2001 calendar year. An estimated 1,075,759 youth lived on these farms and 400,213 youth were hired by the farm operator to work on the operation during 2001. Of the hired and household youth, 450,397 (31%) had operated an all terrain vehicle (ATV) in 2001. An estimated 22,648 non-fatal injuries occurred on U.S. farms to youth less than 20 years of age during 2001. Approximately 10% of these injuries (2,246) were the result of ATV use. The majority of these ATV injuries (1,668, 74%) occurred to youth identified as members of the household. Males accounted for 1,471 (65%) of the ATV injuries. The majority of the injuries were to youth aged 10 to 15 years (1,611, 72%). Injury rates for specific sub-categories of the data will also be presented. Furthermore, this study will provide insight into types of ATV related injuries and other factors which may impact injury rates. These data will provide researchers, injury prevention practitioners and farm families with more detailed information on non-fatal injury events involving ATVs on U.S. farms. This information may be used to assess the need for further study of ATV injuries and safety. In addition, these data may be used to direct health and safety education related to ATV use on farms.