number of Wisconsin farms continually decreased from 174,000
in 1950 to 110,000 in 1970 to 100,000 in 1975 and an estimated
88,000 in 1983. The average acreage per farm increased from
136 to 207 acres in the same period. In recent years, the
number of tractors per farm has remained nearly constant.
a slow but steady rise in fatal farm accident rates for
two decades, the data for 1981-1983 show a small decrease
in the rate. During the three-year period 1981-1983 there
were an average of 60 fatal farm accidents per year. (Table
rates continue to be highest among those age 65 and over.
The rate being more than twice the state rate. (Table 3)
percent of the farm fatalities were from machinery related
injuries. Tractors account for a large proportion of these
deaths. Falls accounted for eight percent of the deaths
and motor vehicle injuries another eight percent. (Table
children under age 15 a third of the 31 fatalities in the
three-year period were due to tractor accidents and a quarter
involved other machinery. (Table 5)
highest number of injury fatalities occurred in July with
16.9 percent of the total. October is next with 12.4 percent.
Hay and grain are harvested in July and the peak of corn
harvest is usually in October. (Table 9)
73 percent of injury victims die within an hour of injury;
less than seven percent survived more than a week. (Table
percent of the fatal farm accidents occurred among residents
of the 1,268 civil towns in Wisconsin. (Table 12)
farmers and farm laborers, 73 percent were "at work" at
the time of the accident. (Table 13)
counties reported no fatal farm accidents during the period
1981-1983. Twenty-three counties averaged less then one
death per year. Eight counties had 32 percent (57 or 180)
of the deaths during this period. These were Clark, Dane,
Green, LaCrosse, Monroe, Richland, Rock and Wood counties.
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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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