Protecting children from agricultural injuries.
WMJ 2002 Jan; 101(5):14-15
Across the United States, an estimated 100 children die and 33,000 are seriously injured each year from agriculture-related trauma. Wisconsin is among the states with the highest numbers and population-based rates of childhood agricultural injuries and fatalities. These injury events should not be referred to as "accidents" because they are not "acts of God" or "freak events." The pattern is clearly identifiable. While many people believe that the benefits of living and/or working on farms far outweigh the risk of injuries, these beliefs are now being challenged by injury prevention specialists who are concerned about the slow reduction in childhood agricultural injuries when compared to other types of injuries.
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Children; Farmers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors
Dr. Barbara Lee, National Children's Center, 1000 N Oak Ave, Marshfield, WI 54449
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Wisconsin Medical Journal
Marshfield Medical Research & Education Foundation