Tennessee Farm Accident and Illness Survey, 1975

  • Wills, James B.


This report contains the results of the farm accident and illness survey conducted in Tennessee in 1975. Here are some major points.

  • 65% of all farm accidents occurred to the farm operator or members of his family.
  • Males were involved in over 72% of the accidents reported.
  • 53% of the injuries reported involved cuts, sprains, and bruises.
  • 15% of all accidents reported required admittance to hospital.
  • Slips and falls were the most common accident reported.
  • Legs and arms were the most frequently injured part of the body.
  • Animals and farm machinery were the objects most often involved in reported accidents.
  • Beef and Dairy farms had very high accident rates in comparison to other type farming operations. 97% of all accidents reported involved only one person.
  • Over 56% of all accidents reported were classified as severe.
  • 72% of accidents reported occurred while person involved was working.
  • The winter months of November, December, January, and February showed the lowest accident rates.
  • An average of 24 days were lost from work for each accident reported.
  • An average of 1.5 days per accident were spent in a hospital.
  • Medical expenses averaged $171.09 per accident reported.


SOURCE: Tennessee: National Safety Council, Tennessee Farm Bureau Women, University of Tennessee Cooperative Extension Service; 1977. 37.


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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