Falls From Trees

  • Ebong, W. W.


A prospective review of sixty consecutive patients who fell out of trees in a year was made. Fall from tree is an occupational hazard of traditional farmers, a rare cause of trauma, but a common cause of severe, crippling and often multiple injuries. It frequently resulted in spinal injury, and was the commonest cause of traumatic quadriplegia and paraplegia. The risk of fall and of sustaining spinal injury increased with age. Some school children also fell from fruit trees but they generally stood a better chance of getting away with relatively minor injuries. Methods of preventing or minimizing the risk of this injury in farmers are highlighted.


JOURNAL: Trop Geogr Med. 1978; 30(1): 63-67.

Note: Tropical and Geographical Medicine.

NLOM ID#: 78229883 .

Publication #: 78229883

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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