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Agricultural-related fatalities: 1986-1988.
Advances in industrial ergonomics and safety IV. Kumar S, Mital A, eds., New York: Taylor and Francis, 1992 Aug; 4:121-128
A report was presented that concerned data collected and analyzed by the Division of Safety Research, NIOSH. The data indicated that agriculture is among the more hazardous industries in the United States (US) with a traumatic fatality rate of 15.1 deaths per 100,000 workers, for 1986 through 1988. The fatality rate for all US industries for this same time period was 6.1 deaths per 100,000 workers. Data analyses revealed that crop production and agricultural services accounted for 39% and 13% of agriculture deaths. In crop production the leading cause of traumatic occupational fatalities was machine related incidents. Being struck by falling objects was the leading cause of death in agricultural services. Despite the existence of engineering prevention techniques such as roll over protective structures, guarding of power take off units, and others, fatalities continue to occur. The authors suggest that additional studies may be needed to determine if the age of the equipment has any effect on increasing worker traumatic fatality rates. Attention should also be given to improving the identification and characterization of fatal incidents involving the use of motor vehicles.
Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Risk-factors; Equipment-operators; Agricultural-machinery; Farmers; Mortality-data; Epidemiology; Mortality-surveys; Risk-analysis; Occupational-accidents;
Advances in industrial ergonomics and safety IV. Proceedings of the Annual International Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Conference held in Denver, Colorado, 10-14 June 1992. The Official Conference of the International Foundation for Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Research
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