Risks of fatal injuries to farm workers 55-years of age and older.
Myers-JR; Hard-DL; Snyder-KA; Casini-VJ; Cianfrocco-R; Fields-J; Morton-L
Am J Ind Med 1999 Sep; 36(S1):29-30
The results of this analysis confirm previous studies that have shown older workers to be at the highest risk for occupational injuries within the agricultural production industry (Purschwitz and Field, 1986: Murphy, 1990; Myers and Hard, 1995). The identification of farm tractors as the leading cause of these fatalities has also been previously reported. This risk of fatal occupational injury is give added importance by the magnitude of older worker deaths, which ranged between 47% and 51% of all agricultural production deaths in the two surveillance systems. Public health efforts are needed to reduce the risk of tractor related, truck-related, and machinery-related deaths to the older farm workers, both in terms of educational programs and through the development, or use of known engineering interventions. Educational programs must be tailored to these older workers, while engineering interventions will require engineers to work with these older farm workers in the design and implementation of engineering controls to ensure their acceptance by these workers.
Age-factors; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Occupational-accidents; Statistical-analysis; Work-environment; Surveillance-programs; Agricultural-industry; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Occupational-health; Workers; Worker-health; Demographic-characteristics; Age-groups;
Author Keywords: work-related deaths; older workers; agricultural production; occupational health and safety; work environment
John R. Myers, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Rearch, Mail Stop 180-P, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
American Journal of Industrial Medicine