There were an estimated 74,824 work-related agricultural injuries which occurred to adults who worked on a farm operation in 2001. The injuries occurred at a rate of 4.5 injuries per 100 farms or 13.1 injuries per 1,000 adults. The findings are based on a random telephone survey of 25,000 farm operations conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), an agency of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Farm operators were asked questions about work-related injuries to adults that occurred on their farm during 2001. An adult is defined as a person 20 or more years of age. An injury was defined as any condition occurring on the farm operation resulting in at least 4 hours of restricted activity or professional medical attention. The majority of the work-related farm injuries happened to male adults. Almost 58,000 injuries occurred to male adults compared to about 14,000 injuries to female adults. For the remaining 3,000 injuries, the gender of the injured person was not specified. Approximately 9 percent of all adult work injuries happened to adults age 20-24; 13 percent to adults age 25-34; 23 percent to adults age 35-44; 23 percent to adults age 45-54; 16 percent to adults age 55-64; and 12 percent to adults age 65 and above. For the remaining 4 percent, the age group of the injured person was not specified. Most work-related injuries during 2001 occurred to adults who were part of the farm household. Survey results showed that an estimated 45,212 injuries happened to adults who were part of the farm household, for an injury rate of about 12.8 percent for every 1,000 adults. Of these injuries, 78 percent happened to adult males and 22 percent to adult females. Additionally, 6 percent of these adult injuries occurred to adults age 20-24; 9 percent to adults age 25-34; 23 percent to adults age 35-44; 27 percent to adults age 45-54; 18 percent to adults age 55-64; and 17 percent to adults age 65 and above. NIOSH sponsored this survey to better understand the magnitude and scope of adult agricultural injuries. The survey was conducted as part of the NIOSH Agricultural Injury and Health Initiative.
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