Report of the Division of Safety Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to the National Institute for Farm Safety.
25th Annual Meeting of the National Institute for Farm Safety, Chicago, Illinois, October 19-22, 1986 Oct; :1-8
The approaches of NIOSH to agricultural safety problems were discussed. While the trend in farming has been towards lower employment, injuries and fatalities are on the rise. Alerts have been released by the Division of Safety Research to describe fatal accidents under investigation by the Division. Investigations have sought to determine common factors among accidents and to recommend means to avoid them in the future. A possible role for the Division was described as a data gathering and disseminating agency. The two data bases used by the Division are the Supplemental Data System (SDS), developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) created by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. While SDS is a large data base with industry and occupation detail, it lacks complete and uniform coverage. It is based on workmen's compensation, which varies from state to state, and only 30 states participate in the system. NEISS is based on occupational injuries reported through a representative sample of hospital emergency rooms across the United States. It details injuries and the circumstances of the accidents, but lacks industry and occupation information. The author concludes that the data bases are not adequate to cover agricultural injuries and fatalities at the national level. A task force set up by the Agricultural Division of the National Safety Council places a high priority on improving the quality of farm accident statistics.
Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-hazards; Data-processing; Occupational-accidents; Safety-education; Information-systems; Accident-statistics;
25th Annual Meeting of the National Institute for Farm Safety, Chicago, Illinois, October 19-22, 1986, 8 pages