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Epidemiology, surveillance, and prevention of farm tractor overturn fatalities.

Authors
Cole-HP; McKnight-RH; Donovan-TA
Source
J Agromed 2009 Apr; 14(2):164-171
NIOSHTIC No.
20035400
Abstract
Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data identify six states within or near the Appalachian mountain range that have the highest rates of agricultural tractor overturn deaths within the United States. Demographic and economic data that characterize farms in these six states were compiled from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2002 Census of Agriculture files. Regional geological and geographic data were examined to identify topographic features within the six states. In combination, these data suggest that a majority of farms in these states are small acreage livestock operations, located on terrain with steep slopes, with annual value of sales <$10,000 a year, total equipment valued at <$20,000, with low prevalence of tractors with rollover protective structures (ROPS), and operators who work at off-farm jobs >200 days per year. Variations in these variables across the six states are examined as compared to the pooled values for all six states, and as compared to the pooled values for all U.S. farms. Surveillance methods for identifying, targeting, and implementing ROPS-promotion efforts within these states are described.
Keywords
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-products; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Animals; Demographic-characteristics; Education; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Farmers; Hazards; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Safety-climate; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-research; Surveillance-programs; Author Keywords: Demographics; economics; farm; fatalities; tractor-overturn
Contact
Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, Lexington, KY 40504-9842
Publication Date
20090401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
hcole@uky.edu
Funding Type
Grant; Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007547; Grant-Number-R13-OH-009571
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1059-924X
Priority Area
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Source Name
Journal of Agromedicine
State
KY; WI
Performing Organization
University of Kentucky
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