Fatal harmful substances or environmental exposures in agriculture, 1992 to 1996.
J Occup Environ Med 1999 Aug; 41(8):699-705
Data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries surveillance system from 1992 through 1996 were analyzed to allow a better understanding of exposures to harmful substances or environments that resulted in agricultural work fatalities. There were 357 fatalities as a result of these exposures in the agriculture production and agriculture services sectors, representing 10% of all work-related deaths that occurred in these industry sectors during this period. Contact with electric current represented 52.9% of these fatalities. Agricultural services reported 87 electrocutions, 50 of which occurred among tree trimmers. The events most likely to result in fatalities were contact with overhead power lines (26.3%) and drowning (17.1%). The overall fatality rate was 2.1 deaths per 100,000 workers. The development of appropriate hazard-awareness training for workers, such as that for electrical and drowning-related hazards, may help prevent future deaths in these industry sectors.
Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Mortality-surveys; Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Electrical-hazards
Nelson Adekoya, DrPH, Division of Safety Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Rd., P-180, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine