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2014 Fact sheet: childhood agricultural injuries in the U.S.

National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
Marshfield, WI: Marshfield Clinic, 2013 Dec; :1-2
Population at Risk - Farms: In 2012, there were approximately 2.2 million farms in the United States. Children: More than 955,400 youth lived on farms in 2012 and almost half (49%) worked on their farm. About 258,800 non-resident youth were hired in agriculture in 2012, up from 230,400 in 2009. Toll of Childhood Agricultural Injuries - Deaths: About every three days, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident. Of the leading sources of fatalities among all youth, 25% involved machinery, 17% involved motor vehicles (includes ATVs), and 16% were drownings. Among working youth, vehicles and machinery accounted for 73% of deaths. Nonfatal Injuries: Every day, about 38 children are injured in an agriculture-related incident. In 2012, an estimated 7,780 household youth were injured on a farm and 80% of them were not working when the injury occurred. Leading sources of nonfatal injuries are surfaces (falls), animals and vehicles.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Occupational-hazards; Children; Safety-education; Families; Farmers; Injury-prevention; Animal-husbandry-workers; Animals; Motor-vehicles; Agricultural-machinery; Tractors; Injuries; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Demographic-characteristics; Statistical-analysis
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Cooperative Agreement; Agriculture
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Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
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2014 fact sheet: childhood agricultural injuries in the U.S.
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Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division