Sixty Cases of Disabling Farm Accidents

  • Darbee, Bruce I.;
  • Stout, Thomas T.


Sixty farm people participated in the study. They were the cooperating and eligible persons who could be located from a total of 91 names which had been suggested. Forty-three of these were household heads at the time of their injury, nine were dependants, eight were single, and all were injured in farm-related accidents.

Ninety percent of all accidents involved machinery. More than half of all machinery accidents involved cornpickers. The typical machinery accident occurred when the individual was trying to unclog a piece of moving machinery during some harvest phase of farming. Ninety percent of all accidents recorded resulted in amputations. There was almost a perfect relationship between machinery accidents and amputations. Non-machine accidents typically were associated with injuries other than amputations.

About 95 percent of the study participants judged that they had recovered 90 percent or more of their previous daily living skills, i.e., ability to care for themselves without the help of others. More serious injuries did not necessarily result in recovering less of their former skills, but they seemed to recover more slowly.


SOURCE: Wooster, Ohio: Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; 1972. 21.


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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