NOIRS 1997 Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 1997. Washington, DC: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1997 Oct; :57
As of March 1, 1997, 109 of 629 (17%) fatalities entering the Wisconsin surveillance system met the NIOSH criteria for an on-site investigation. They included 5 confined space deaths, 11 electrocutions, 42 falls, 51 machine related fatalities and one firefighting fatality. From these, a total of 51 (47% of eligible cases) on-site investigations were completed. They included four confined space studies, 8 electrocution investigations, 23 falls, and 16 machine related fatalities. Characteristics were examined and prevention recommendations were summarized for this case series. Farmers were involved in over half of the investigated fatalities, and were represented in each of the in-scope types: confined space (asphyxiations), machines (tractor rollovers, run overs, and machine entanglements), falls, and electrocutions. Causal factors were summarized using the Haddon Matrix and recommendations to prevent similar occurrences were categorized into meaningful groupings. The Haddon Matrix and prevention recommendation analyses are still underway and will be presented at the conference.