Agricultural Machine Safety Research: Fatality Prevention Targeting

  • Myers, John;
  • Etherton, John R.;
  • Braddee, Richard W.;
  • Jensen, Roger C.;
  • Russell, Julie C.


This report presents data developed to target occupational safety research concerning agricultural machines. NIOSH uses death certificate data to describe occupational fatalities in the U.S. The Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing industry's fatality rate of 20.7 per 100,000 workers is 2.6 times higher than the national average for all industries of 7.9 deaths per 100,000 workers. Thirty- two percent of these deaths involve agricultural machinery, making machines the leading source of death in agriculture. Agricultural machines are also the most frequent type of machine involved in machine-related fatal injury across industry groups. Thirty-six percent of these agricultural machine incidents involved tractors operating under conditions in which the tractor became unstable, overturned, and crushed the driver. Forty-four percent of agricultural machine fatalities occurred to workers over 60 years of age. Targeting research toward specific machines is expected to maximize benefits in terms of providing new fatality prevention information to farm workers, employers, and equipment designers.


SOURCE: [1989?]. 9.


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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