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Agricultural injuries among older Kentucky farmers: the farm family health and hazard surveillance study.
Browning-SR; Truszczynska-H; Reed-D; McKnight-RH
Am J Ind Med 1998 Apr; 33(4):341-353
This population-based study reports the cumulative incidence of agricultural injuries during a 1-year period in a sample of 998 farmers aged 55 years and older living in Kentucky. A total of 98 farm-related injuries were reported among 88 older farmers for a crude injury rate of 9.03 injured farmers per 100 farmers (95% confidence interval (CI) = 7.03-11.03) over a 1-year period. The leading external causes of farm injury were falls (24.9%), machinery (22.5%), wood-cutting (14.6%), and animal-related events (14.3%). Farmers working on farms with beef cattle (alone) (odds ratio = 1.90; 95% CI = 1.02-3.55) or farms with beef cattle and tobacco (odds ratio = 2.15; 95% CI = 1.00-4.59) had a statistically significant increased risk for a farm-related injury. Farmers reporting a prior injury that limited their ability to farm were at increased risk for a farm-related injury. Approaches to using farm injury surveillance data for injury control programs in the state are discussed.
Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-products; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Farmers; Tobacco; Tobacco-industry; Safety-climate; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-personnel; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Hazards; Animals
S. R. Browning, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY 40504
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
University of Kentucky
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division