Traditionally, children have been involved in agriculture by helping their families or neighbors. People often associate agricultural work with teaching responsibility and developing a good work ethic. However, agriculture poses many hazards for young children and adolescents.
What are the injury facts for youth living and working on farms?
An estimated 104 children younger than 20 years of age are fatally injured from agricultural injuries on U.S. farms and ranches annually.
Machinery and drowning are common causes of agriculture-related fatality to children.
Livestock and falls are common causes of non-fatal injuries to children.
Young children are often injured as bystanders in the agricultural worksites.
What factors are key to keeping youth safe on farms and ranches?
Where can I go to learn more about farm safety and youth?
Additional information and links on farm-related safety for youth can be found on the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety Web site. Information available includes a comprehensive listing of resources, a list of other organizations working on youth farm safety, links to the North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks, and a fact sheet. For technical assistance on youth farm-related injury prevention call 1-800-662-6900.
The National Children’s Center strives to enhance the health and safety of all children involved in agricultural work and living in rural settings. The center is a program of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.
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