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Document ID (ISN)108897
CIS number 08-1332
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Buckley J.P., Sestito J.P., Hunting K.L.
Title Fatalities in the landscape and horticultural services industry, 1992-2001
Bibliographic information Sep. 2008, Vol.51, No.9, p.701-713. Illus. 38 ref.
Abstract Although landscape and horticultural services workers have high injury and illness rates, little is known about fatalities in this industry. Census and population survey data were analyzed to determine fatality rates and causes of landscaping deaths from 1992 to 2001. There were 1101 fatalities during the 10-year period in the United States, with an average fatality rate of 13.50 deaths per 100,000 full-time employees. In 2001, the landscaping fatality rate was 3.33 times the all-industry rate. The leading causes of death were transportation incidents (27%), contact with objects or equipment (27%), falls (24%), exposure to harmful substances and environments (18%), and assaults and violent acts (4%). The fatality rate for African American landscapers was 1.51 times the rate for white workers. Fatalities were also common among self-employed and young workers.
Descriptors (primary) USA; frequency rates; horticulture; fatalities
Descriptors (secondary) falls of persons; race-linked differences; harmful substances; violence; causes of accidents; statistical evaluation; striking against objects; road vehicles
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
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