Occupational Mortality Patterns Among British Columbia Farm Workers

  • Band, Pierre R.;
  • Gallagher, Richard P.;
  • Spinelli, John J.;
  • Threlfall, William J.


To examine mortality risks for farm laborers proportional mortality ratios (PMRs) were calculated for 2,328 British Columbia farm workers who died at age 20 years or over during the period 1950 through 1978. Significantly fewer deaths than expected from degenerative heart disease (PMR = 91, p < .01) and from all cancers combined (PMR = 78, p < .001) were observed. Deaths from bronchitis and emphysema (PMR = 70, p < .05) were also fewer than anticipated. Elevated risks of death were found for accidents (PMR = 129, p < .001), for homicide (PMR = 242, p < .01), and for pneumonia (PMR = 146, p < .001).


JOURNAL: J Occup Med. 1984; 26(12): 906-908.

Note: Journal of Occupational Medicine.

NLOM ID#: 85082383 .

Publication #: 85082383

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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