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Agricultural injuries among operation household members: RRIS-II 1999.

Mongin SJ; Jensen KE; Gerberich SG; Alexander BH; Ryan AD; Renier CM; Masten AS; Carlson KF
J Agric Saf Health 2007 Aug; 13(3):295-310
The purpose of this study was to determine the magnitude and consequences of agricultural injuries, and to reveal potential risk factors among agricultural household members. The Regional Rural Injury Study (RRIS-II) collected injury and exposure data on agricultural households of 16,538 people in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska for each six-month period of 1999. Adjusted injury rates, consequences, and potential risk factors were identified through analyses. Selection of variables for multivariate analyses was based on a causal model. Injuries reported here occurred while the individuals were involved in activities associated with their own farm or ranch, unless otherwise stated. Estimates of injury rates and the effects of various exposures were derived by Poisson and logistic regression. These models accounted for correlation within both subject and household, and were adjusted for non-response. The rate of agricultural injury to household members on their own operation was 74.5 injuries per 1,000 persons per year. Differences in rates due to age and gender diminished when rates were calculated according to hours worked. Although only 5% of injured persons required in-patient hospitalization, 28% required emergency department treatment, and 84% required some type of professional health care. Moreover, 47% of all injuries required time off from agricultural work, and 7% required time off from non-agricultural work. In multivariate analyses, decreased risks were associated with Minnesota, and increased risks were identified for those with prior injuries and for males.This study provides a basis for further research on agricultural injuries and their prevention.
Age-factors; Age-groups; Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Children; Demographic-characteristics; Environmental-factors; Environmental-hazards; Epidemiology; Families; Farmers; Injury-prevention; Mathematical-models; Quantitative-analysis; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Statistical-analysis; Work-areas; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-practices; Author Keywords: Agricultural operation household injuries; Agriculture; Injury consequences; Restricted activity
Susan Goodwin Gerberich, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, MMC-807, 420 Delaware Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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