forty percent of all work accident fatalities occurred on
Wisconsin farms, although only a small proportion of the
working population is employed in agriculture (six percent
the five-year period 1971-1975 there were an average of
87 farm accidents per year with an estimated 100 disabling
injuries for each fatality.
number of Wisconsin farms continually decreased from 1950
(174, 000 farms) to 110,000 in 1970 and 104,000 in 1975.
The average acreage per farm increased from 136 to 188 acres
in the same period.
farm accident rate rose to 21.5 per 100,000 farm population
in 1971-1975; from 19.7 in 1968-1970.
accident fatality rates are highest among those over 65
(56.6) with the 15-24 age group second (22.2). Rates are
similar for the 25- 44 (18.3) and the 45-64 age groups (18.7).
The rate for children under 15 is slightly lower at 16.3
80 percent of the accident fatalities on Wisconsin farms
during this period were farm residents.
out of eight farm accident victims were working at the time
forty percent of the farm accident fatalities were tractor
accidents; other machinery caused 18.5 percent and falls
children under 15, a third of the 100 fatalities in the
five- year period were due to tractor accidents and 28 percent
involved other machinery.
had the highest number of accidents with 13.8 percent of
the total and October next with 12.6 percent. These are
the months when hay and corn harvest are at their peak.
seventy percent of all fatalities died within an hour of
the injury; less than ten percent survived more than one
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LIBRARY OF MEDICINE ID#
Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Department of Health and Social
Services, Division of Health; 1977. 27.
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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