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Document ID (ISN)111783
CIS number 11-0327
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Somervell P.D., Conway G.A.
Title Does the small farm exemption cost lives?
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.54, p.461-466. Illus. 19 ref.
Abstract Congress has exempted farms with fewer than 11 employees from enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Three states (California, Oregon and Washington) do not observe the exemption. This study compared rates of fatal occupational injury in agriculture, by year, in 1993-2007, in California, Oregon and Washington (aggregated), and the remaining states (as two aggregated groups). Fatality rates were approximately 1.6 to 3 times as high in both groups of states observing the small farm exemption as in the group of three states not observing it. Comparisons excluding the agriculture industry showed weaker differences. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) USA; small enterprises; agriculture; fatalities
Descriptors (secondary) California; Oregon; Washington; comparative study; role of government
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Small and medium-sized enterprises