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Document ID (ISN)77679
CIS number 01-1712
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Adekoya N., Myers J.R.
Title Fatal harmful substances or environmental exposures in agriculture, 1992 to 1996
Bibliographic information Aug. 1999, Vol.41, No.8, p.699-705. Illus. 25 ref.
Abstract Data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries surveillance system from 1992 through 1996 were analysed to allow a better understanding of exposures to harmful substances or environments that resulted in agricultural work fatalities. There were 357 fatalities as a result of these exposures in the agriculture production and agriculture services sectors, representing 10% of all work-related deaths that occurred in these industry sectors during this period. Contact with electric current represented 52.9% of these fatalities. Agricultural services reported 87 electrocutions, 50 of which occurred among tree trimmers. The events most likely to result in fatalities were contact with overhead power lines (26.3%) and drowning (17.1 %). The overall fatality rate was 2.1 deaths per 100,000 workers. The development of appropriate hazard-awareness training for workers may help prevent future deaths in these industry sectors.
Descriptors (primary) electricity; agriculture; harmful substances; mortality
Descriptors (secondary) USA; overhead electric lines; heat; statistical evaluation; frequency rates; drowning
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