Fatal Farm Accidents: Wisconsin, 1965-67


  • Forty percent of all work accidents occur on the farm, but agriculture accounts only for about ten percent of the total labor force. (Page 1)
  • During the three year period 1965-1967 Wisconsin averaged 80.4 fatal farm accidents per year. (Page 3)
  • Most (78 percent) of the accident fatalities that occur on farms are among farm residents (Page 4)
  • A larger proportion of males (68.1 percent) than females (40.9 percent) are accidentally killed on the farm while at work, including the 14 with work status not stated. (Page 5)
  • Thirty-seven percent of the fatal accidents are among persons below age 25, forty-three percent are among persons aged 25-64 and the remaining twenty percent are among persons aged 65 and over. (Page 3 and 6)
  • Almost thirty-five percent of Wisconsin's fatal farm machinery accounts for seventeen percent and falls eleven percent. (Page 7)
  • Among children (below age 15) twenty-seven percent of the fatal accidents involve tractors, and almost eighteen percent involve other machinery. (Page 9)
  • September, October, and November account for almost thirty-five percent of the fatal farm accidents, but June with twenty-seven and October with thirty-eight percent of the fatalities are the worst months. (Page 10)
  • Fatal accidents are concentrated during the morning and afternoon hours best suited for field work. (Page 12)
  • Nearly seventy percent of the victims die within one hour of the accident. (Page 14).


SOURCE: Madison, Wisconsin: Division of Health; [1968?]. 17.


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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