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Delivering on the nation's promise: safety and health at work for all people.
J Agric Saf Health 1998 May; 4(Special Issue 1):9-10
American agriculture is a foundation of our nation's success. The men, women, and their families who comprise the American agricultural workforce are a resource beyond our measure; through their cultural and economic contributions they sustain our nation. While those who work in agriculture represent a relatively small segment of our society, they share a disproportionate risk for occupational infury and disease. Agriculture consistently ranks as one of the most hazardous industries in the United States. Among the most significant and striking occupational hazards seen in agriculture are acute traumatic injuries and deaths. During 1995 alone, workers in the agricutural sector (agricuture, forestry, and fishing) experienced 22 deaths per 100,000 workers, which far exceeds the average annual fatality rate for the U.S. civilian working population for the same time period, 5 deaths per 100,000 workers. Of special concern are the children (over 100) killed each year while involved in farm activities. Approximately 201,000 work-related lost-time injuries occurred on U.S. farms during 1993, which is nearly 10 injuries for every 100 farms. Those who work in agriculture are also at increased risk for work-related morbidity from musculoskeletal disorders, certain cancers, reproductive disorders, dermataological conditions, infectious diseases, hearing loss, stress-related mental disorders, and occupational lung diseases.
Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Safety-measures; Injury-prevention; Occupational-health; Training; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Statistical-analysis
Issue of Publication
Special Iss 1
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division