Characteristics associated with increased farm work-related injuries among male resident farm operators in Colorado, 1993.
Stallones-L; Keefe-TJ; Xiang-HY
J Agric Saf Health 1997 Aug; 3(3):195-201
Characteristics associated with farm work related injuries among males were investigated, including exposure to organophosphates, carbamates, off farm paid employment, age, and primary cash crop on the farm. The study population consisted of rural male farm residents in Colorado. There were 470 men from 485 different farms in the study. Altogether, 55 (11.7%) of the male resident farm operators were injured in a farm work related injury over the period 1993 through 1995. Injured male farm resident operators were significantly more likely to be involved in farm operations where large animals were the primary cash activity and when they worked off the farm 50 to 149 days a year. Work related injuries were associated with increased workload in this population. Higher risk of injury was noted among those who not only worked off the farm, but who also worked on their own farm and on other people's farms as well. Although the use of organophosphate pesticides and carbamate pesticides increased the risk of a work related injury slightly in the univariate analysis, the risk was not significant when accounting for the other variables in the logistic regression model, indicating that other factors are more strongly associated with injury risk.
NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Agriculture; Accident-analysis; Risk-factors; Epidemiology; Farmers; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Animal-husbandry-workers; Agricultural-chemicals;
Author Keywords: Injuries; Pesticides; Workload
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health