Occupational all-terrain vehicle deaths among workers 18 years and older in the United States, 1992-2007.
Helmkamp JC; Marsh SM; Aitken ME
J Agric Saf Health 2011 Apr; 17(2):147-155
The objective of this study was to summarize basic information on the characteristics of work-related ATV deaths among civilian persons 18 years of age or older in the U.S. from 1992 through 2007. Work-related ATV death data were obtained through the Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. From 1992 to 2007, 297 work-related ATV deaths occurred among persons over 17 in the U.S. Ninety-two percent were male, 93 percent were white, 23 percent were ages 18 to 34, 51 percent were ages 35 to 64, and 26 percent were ages greater than or equal to 65. Half of the fatal incidents involved overturns resulting in head and chest injuries. Sixty percent of crashes occurred on farms and 20 percent occurred on highways. The fatality rate among agricultural production workers was significantly higher than the rates in all other industries. While more in-depth analysis of incident and exposure data for this growing problem will more clearly define personal risk and causal factors in the long term, in the short term, stronger emphasis must be placed on the development of prevention strategies, particularly focused on older workers in the agriculture production industry.
Work-environment; Motor-vehicles; Traumatic-injuries; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Agriculture; Farmers; Families; Age-factors; Age-groups; Injuries; Accident-analysis; Statistical-analysis; Head-injuries; Agricultural-workers; Injury-prevention;
Author Keywords: Accidents; Agriculture; All-terrain vehicle; Fatality; Farm worker; Injury
James C. Helmkamp, NIOSH Western States Office, Denver Federal Center, P.O. Box 25266, Denver, CO 80225-0226
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health