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Injuries among youth living on farms in the United States, 2006.

Hendricks KJ
Proceedings of the National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) 2008 Annual Conference, June 22 - 26, 2008, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Urbana, IL: National Institute for Farm Safety, Inc., 2008 Jun; :1-16
Objective: Children in agricultural environments are exposed to numerous hazards. In order to address this issue, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), through an interagency agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), established the Childhood Agricultural Injury Survey (CAIS) surveillance system. CAIS data have previously been released for the years 1998, 2001, and 2004. Data for calendar year 2006 have just become available. Methods: The 2006-CAIS was based on a telephone interview of 50,000 randomly selected U.S. farm households. The 2006-CAIS collected information on nonfatal injuries to youth less than 20 years of age on farms for the 2006 calendar year. CAIS includes both work and non-work injuries occurring to youth living on, working on, or visiting the farm. In addition to injury information, prevalence data were also collected on household youth exposure to work, horses, all terrain vehicles (ATVs), and tractors. For the purposes of this report, only the results for household youth will be presented. Results: Preliminary results indicate that there were about 1.1 million youth living on U.S. farms in 2006. In that same year, an estimated 11,654 farm-related injuries were reported for these youth. (rate: 10.4/1,000 household youth). Sixty-six percent (7,678) of the injuries were to household males, and 5,790 (50%) of the injuries occurred to youth between the ages of 10 and 15 years. A large proportion of the injuries occurred on livestock farms (7,493), and 31 % of the injuries were work-related. More detailed results of injuries, exposures, household demographics, and injury rates from the 2006-CAIS will be presented. This examination will also provide a comparison to results from the 1998, 2001 and 2004 CAIS conducted for NIOSH by NASS using similar methods.
Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-rates; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Surveillance-programs; Demographic-characteristics; Statistical-analysis; Children
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Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
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Proceedings of the National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) 2008 Annual Conference, June 22 - 26, 2008, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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