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. 2004-157, 2004 Jun; :1-8
Agriculture continues to rank as one of the most hazardous industries. Youth are exposed to hazards while living, working on, or visiting farms. In 2000, there were approximately 47,700 farms operated by minorities in the United States, with an estimated 27,700 farms opeated by Hispanics in the United States, with an estimated 18,000 youth living in these farm households. Between 1995 and 2000, the injury fatality rate for Hispanic youth on farms was 53 fatalities per 100,000 youth. In 2000, the non-fatal injury rate for all youth who reside on, work on, or visit Hispanic farm operations was 130 injuries per 100,000 youth on the farm. Household youth comprise all youth 0-19 years of age who reside on minority farm operations and include working and non-working youth. In 2000, an estimated 18,000 household youth who lived on Hispanic farm operations: 259 were injured (14 injuries per 1,000 household youth); 10-15 year olds had the highest injury rate (17 injuries per 1,000 household youth); 114 injuries occurred while working on the farm (14 injuries per 1,000 household youth); and youth less than 10 experienced the highest rate of injury while doing farm work (14 injuries per 1,000 household youth).