Fatal Farm Accidents: Wisconsin, 1960-1964


During the five year period 1960-1964 Wisconsin averaged 81 fatal farm accidents per year.

  • Most (83 percent) of the accident fatalities that occur on farms are among farm residents.
  • A larger proportion of males (73.5 percent) then females (46.4 percent) are accidentally killed on the farm while at work.
  • Thirty-two percent of the fatal accidents are among persons below age 25, forty-three percent are among persons aged 25-64 and the remaining 25 percent are among persons aged 65 and over.
  • Almost 42 percent of Wisconsin's fatal farm accidents are attributable to tractors. Other farm machinery accounts for 15.5 percent and falls 15.8 percent.
  • Among children (below age 15) 29.3 percent of the fatal accidents involve tractors, and 28 percent involve other machinery.
  • June, July and August account for almost 35 percent of the fatal farm accidents. June and July are the worst months, each with 13.5 percent of the fatalities.
  • Fatal accidents are concentrated during the morning and afternoon hours best suited for field work.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the victims die within one hour of the accident.


SOURCE: Madison, Wisconsin: State Board of Health; [1965?]. 17.


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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