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Injury risk factors associated with agricultural workplace fatalities.
Pratt SG; Hard DL
J Agric Saf Health 1998 May; 4(Special Issue 1):29-38
Agriculture has consistently ranked among the top four industries in both frequency and rate of death from workplace injuries. Analysis of a case series of 119 field investigations of occupational agricultural fatalities, conducted through the NIOSH State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program, indicated the presence of multiple injury risk factors for 90% of the incidents. The most common risk factors were unrecognized or unaddressed injury hazards, safety equipment not being available at the worksite, and the use of equipment or work methods that contributed to the worker's exposure to injury risk. The risks identified here are amenable to a variety of prevention strategies, including educational programs and engineering controls.
Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Safety-measures; Injury-prevention; Occupational-health; Training; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Author Keywords: Occupational fatalities; Fatality investigation; Injury risk factors
Stephanie G. Pratt, NIOSH Division of Safety Research, 1095 Willowdale Rd., MS 180-P, Morgantown, WV 26505-2888
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