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Agricultural auger-related injuries and fatalities - Minnesota, 1992- 1994.
Boyle-DJ; Parker-DL; Lexau-C; Wahl-G; Shutske-J
MMWR 1995 Sep; 44(36):660-663
To investigate the contribution of agricultural augers to disabling injuries in farm workers, a review was undertaken of the incidence of auger related injuries in Minnesota from 1992 to 1994, and four case studies were presented. Data on agriculture related injuries were obtained from records maintained through the Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program (FACE), the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks (SENSOR), and the Occupational Health Nurses in Agricultural Communities (OHNAC) programs. From 1992 to 1994, two auger related deaths and 25 auger related injuries were recorded in Minnesota. Of the injuries, seven involved amputations, and six involved children under 18 years of age. Case reports summarized three incidences of accidental traumatic amputation, and one fatality. From this review the authors conclude that agricultural augers are among the most dangerous pieces of farm equipment, and that full compliance with safety protocols could reduce the number of auger related injuries.
NIOSH-Publication; Farmers; Agricultural-machinery; Case-studies; Occupational-accidents; Traumatic-injuries; Occupational-hazards; Mortality-data
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division