Off Road Vehicular Injuries in Central Wisconsin: Farm Residents Versus Non-farm Residents

Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Stueland, Dean T.;
  • Zoch, Tom


Off road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, are often recognized as agents of injuries. Although typically considered recreational vehicles, these devices can also be used for work. In a study based on surveillance and chart review, 330 victims of off road vehicle mishaps were seen during the years 1989 to 1992. Of the total, 64 were farm residents. These 64 farm residents did have different risk factors for injury, as they were more likely to be young (age less than 18), more likely to be using the vehicle on their own property, and less likely to be using it for recreation. Diagnoses, previously recognized risk factors for injuries, and injured body parts were similar for farm residents and non-farm residents. Injury prevention that is targeted for farm residents will need to consider these risk factors in order to be effective.

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