NONFATAL FARM INJURIES IN EASTERN ONTARIO: A RETROSPECTIVE SURVEY

A one-year retrospective survey was conducted to study the incidence of, and potential risk factors for farm-related inkuries. One hundred thirteen dairy and beef farms in Eastern Ontario were surveyed using a personal interview. Information was collected on demographic characteristics of the farm owner, workers, and family members; characteristics of the farm operation; and information on behaviors potentially affecting injury risk. The crude rate of injury was 9.6 per 100 person years. Significantly higher rates of injury were found for: owner-operators of farms (RR=2.9; p<0.001); male sex (RR=3.8; p<0.001); living/working on a beef as opposed to dairy farm (RR=2.3; p=0.01); farm owners in the age groups of <30 and >70 years (p=0.05), full-time as opposed to part-time beef farm owners (RR=4.2; p=0.02); and full-time owners of beef as opposed to dairy farms (RR=2.4; p=0.03). Common patterns of injury included accidental falls; lacerations, bruises, and crash injuries from workinng with cattle or from agricultural machinery; and foreign body injuries to the eye. Few injuries were associated with the use of tractors or power take-offs. 82% of injuries, for which medical treatment was sought, were treated in a hospital-based emergency department. This information would support efforts to establish an emergency department based surveillance system for farming injuries in our setting.

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Headington Hill Hall
    Oxford OX30BW,    
  • Authors:
    • BRISON, R J
    • Pickett, CWL
  • Publication Date: 1991-12

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  • Accession Number: 00618421
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 483
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1992 12:00AM