A Survey of Farm Accidents and Illnesses in Pennsylvania, 1976

  • Murphy, Dennis J.


The diversity of the types, causes, and conditions surrounding accidents is considerable. Accidents happen to farm people, primarily family members, on all types and sizes of farms.

Data collected in this survey revealed the following:

  • The fall and early winter months are the most hazardous time for people on farms.
  • Accidents occur on all types of farms. Farm accidents occurred by type of farm at a rate that was proportional to the number of people involved in that type of enterprise.
  • Most farm accidents happen between the hours of 9-10 a.m. and around 3 p.m.
  • Animals and farm machinery are the two things most often associated with farm accidents.
  • Farm people are most likely to be involved in an accident while doing routine chores.
  • The average measurable cost of accidents in 1976 was nearly $400.
  • Nearly 50 percent of the victims were struck by an object or involved in a fall.
  • Family members accounted for 87 percent of all accidents.


SOURCE: University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University, Cooperative Extension Service; 1977. n.p.


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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