Agricultural Machinery Injuries in Ontario, 1985-1996: A Comparison of Males and Females

Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Dorland, John L.;
  • Hartling, Lisa;
  • Locker, Alison R.;
  • Pickett, William


Males and females on farms perform different types of work. This study investigated whether certain injuries experienced by women and men on farms also differed. Gender-based comparisons were made of fatal and hospitalized agricultural machinery injuries that took place in Ontario, Canada, between 1985 and 1996. Data compiled by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program (CAISP) were used. Comparisons were based on 2,333 injury records and six descriptors: age group, time period, agricultural season in which the injury occurred, machinery involved, mechanism of injury, type of machinery, and admission category (where applicable). Distributions of injuries between males and females were statistically different by age group, agricultural production season, and mechanism of injury. These and other differences suggest that gender-specific injury patterns exist. Future studies should examine the factors contributing to these differences, including degree and duration of exposure to agricultural machinery.

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