Farm Injuries: Descriptive Results and Dissemination in Minnesota

  • Bishop, D. B.;
  • Kinde, M. R.;
  • Lexau, C. A.

The Minnesota Farming Health Survey was completed in 1993 as part of Minnesota's Occupational Health Nurses in Agriculture (OHNAC) project. Results of this population-based survey include descriptive data on farm injuries occurring to all family members of farm households who were surveyed in three regions of the state.

Adult men working on the farm were those most frequently injured; machinery, power tools and equipment were identified as the cause of the injuries in about one-third of the cases. Farm injuries resulted in lost farm work time in more than half of the cases, and one in five of those injured lost a week or more of the farm work time. Other results to be presented will focus on anatomic location of injuries, injury severity, and exposure characteristics.

Project staff have disseminated these and other survey results in many presentations, through a series of media releases, in health teaching sheets, and through a non-technical survey report. The potential public health benefit of these strategies, and strategies under consideration, will be discussed.

This research abstract was extracted from a portion of the proceedings of "Agricultural Safety and Health: Detection, Prevention and Intervention," a conference presented by the Ohio State University and the Ohio Department of Health, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The authors noted above are from: All at the Minnesota Dept. of Health, Minneapolis, MN.

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