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Document ID (ISN)109086
CIS number 09-83
ISSN - Serial title 1059-924X - Journal of Agromedicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Beaver R.L., Field W.E.
Title Summary of documented fatalities in livestock manure storage and handling facilities - 1975-2004
Bibliographic information 2007, Vol.12, No.2, p.3-23. Illus. 27 ref.
Abstract Frequency and characteristics of deaths related to on-farm manure storage and handling facilities in the United States for the period of 1975 through 2004 were analyzed using data from published government reports, national and local media, on-line searches, published farm fatality reports and prior litigation. Analysis of the 77 identified fatalities showed that victim characteristics and causative factors did not reflect previously reported patterns, namely over half of the fatalities involved dairy operations and 21% involved persons under the age of 16. The largest percentage (34%) of deaths occurred to persons conducting repair or maintenance activities on manure handling equipment, while the second largest group (22%) was attempting to perform a rescue of another person. The most frequently-identified cause of death was asphyxiation, with elevated blood sulfide levels noted in some cases. Recommendations to avoid such accidents are proposed.
Descriptors (primary) livestock rearing; USA; causes of accidents; fatalities; liquid manure
Descriptors (secondary) analysis of accident causes; statistical evaluation; asphyxia; children
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Livestock rearing