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Nonfatal occupational injury among California farm operators.

Authors
McCurdy-SA; Farrar-JA; Beaumont-JJ; Samuels-SJ; Green-RS; Scott-LC; Schenker-MB
Source
J Agric Saf Health 2004 May; 10(2):103-119
NIOSHTIC No.
20029305
Abstract
We conducted a population-based telephone survey addressing farm-work-related (FWR) injuries among California farm operators. Of 1947 participants (80.4% response), 135 farm operators reported 160 FWR injuries in the preceding year, yielding a one-year cumulative incidence for any FWR injury of 6.9% (95% CI 5.8%-8.2%), or a mean 8.2 FWR injuries per 100 farmers in the preceding year (95% CI 6.8-9.7). Multiple injury events in the same individual occurred more frequently than predicted by chance. Sprains and strains (29.4%) were the most frequently reported injury and predominantly involved the back. Overexertion represented the most frequent external cause (24.2%), followed by machinery (14.3%), falls (13.0%), and animals (12.4%). Factors associated with FWR injury included white ethnicity (OR 3.19; 95% CI 1.38-7.36), increased annual hours worked on the farm, low levels of administrative work, and increased percentage of time working with livestock. FWR injury experience of California farm operators is comparable with that reported for other agricultural populations. Above-expected frequency of multiple injuries supports involvement of personal or environmental risk factors. Preventive efforts should focus on higher-risk groups and preventing overexertion and muscle strain and injury related to machinery, falls, and animals, especially livestock.
Keywords
Injuries; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Demographic-characteristics; Racial-factors; Occupational-accidents; Accidents; Occupational-hazards; Questionnaires; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Ergonomics; Livestock; Livestock-industry; Animal-husbandry; Author Keywords: Agricultural worker; Agriculture; Farmer; Injury; Workplace accidents
Contact
S. A. McCurdy, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616
CODEN
JASHFD
Publication Date
20040501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
samccurdy@ucdavis.edu
Funding Amount
675296
Funding Type
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement; Grant
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003444; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007550
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1074-7583
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce: Special Populations
Source Name
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California, Davis, California
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