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Injuries among farm workers in the United States, 1993.

Myers JR
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-115, 1997 Apr; :1-366
Injury data were provided for the entire agricultural production industry for 1993, the first year of the Traumatic Injury Surveillance of Farmers. These data will provide detail to target both specific farm types and farm workers at high risk of work injuries. The report presented nonfatal lost time work injury estimates for the agricultural production industry, based on a survey of farm operators. An estimated 201,081 lost time work injuries occurred on United States farms in 1993. The highest injury rates were associated with specialty livestock operations. The greater number of injuries were in the beef, hog, or sheep operations, followed by dairy operations. The leading causes of lost time work injuries were livestock, machinery, and hand tools. The injuries typically occurred to the leg, knee or hip in 15.2% of the cases, back in 15.0%, finger in 12.1%, or other hands or wrists in 11.8%. The largest number of lost time injuries were caused by sprains and strains for 25.6%. Farm operators and their family members accounted for 62.9% of all injuries. Injured workers were men 90.3% of the time, with 76.2% being white.
NIOSH-Author; Accident-statistics; Epidemiology; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Hand-tools; Animal-husbandry-workers; Surveillance
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