The Yield of Systems for Continuous and Periodic Injury Surveillance in Emergency Care with Emphasis on Farm-Work Related Accidents

  • Jansson, Bjarne R.


The objective was to analyze the medical consequences, sequence of events and contributory and background factors of farm-work-related accidents. The study is part of a project to develop systems for continuous and periodic injury surveillance in Swedish public health care. Altogether 163 patients were treated for injuries sustained in accidents on 2454 farms during a one-year period. The five most common injurious agents were: material, tools, machinery, foreign bodies and animals. Half of the injuries were due to the victims' having slipped on a floor or on equipment with tools or other objects or to tripping. Reported contributory factors were unsuitable methods of working, failure to use personal safety equipment, deficient inspection, lack of safety devices, design deficiency and haste. Farms consisting of more than 50 hectares (120 acres) were over-represented. The results illustrate the numerous risks associated with work on farms and indicate the need to improve occupational safety in this sector.


JOURNAL: Scand J Soc Med. 1987; 15(4): 247-252.

Note: Scandinavian Journal of Social Medicine.

NLOM ID#: 88070493 .

Publication #: 88070493

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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