The rate of accidental deaths among farmers has increased, making farming one of the most hazardous occupations in America today. Much of the literature has focused on injuries and deaths caused by three types of machinery: tractors, augers and corn pickers. The hazards associated with each type of machine are reviewed briefly. The ideas which have been offered for injury prevention can be grouped under four headings: 1) improved medical care; 2) inspection of farms; 3) farmer education a d 4) improved equipment design. Opposing philosophies of safety are discussed, and the authors conclude that regulations mandating the redesign of farm equipment have the best chance of preventing farm injuries in the most cost-effective manner. Five suggestions are made that would make machinery safer for farm workers.
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JOURNAL: J Environ Health. 1985; 47(5): 250- 251.
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This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
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