Data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries surveillance system from 1992 through 1996 were analyzed to allow a better understanding of exposures to harmful substances or environments that resulted in agricultural work fatalities.
There were 357 fatalities as a result of these exposures in the agriculture production and agriculture services sectors, representing 10% of all work-related deaths that occurred in these industry sectors during this period.
Contact with electric current represented 52.9% of these fatalities.
Agricultural services reported 87 electrocutions, 50 of which occurred among tree trimmers.
The events most likely to result in fatalities were contact with overhead power lines (26.3%) and drowning (17.1%). The overall fatality rate was 2.1 deaths per 100,000 workers.
The development of appropriate hazard-awareness training for workers, such as that for electrical and drowning-related hazards, may help prevent future deaths in these industry sectors.
Mots-clés Pascal : Agriculteur, Accident travail, Médecine travail, Homme, Mort, Etiologie, Courant électrique, Toxicité, Effet biologique, Epidémiologie, Mortalité, Ligne haute tension, Noyade, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Farmer, Occupational accident, Occupational medicine, Human, Death, Etiology, Electric current, Toxicity, Biological effect, Epidemiology, Mortality, High voltage line, Drowning, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0463516
Code Inist : 002A08E. Création : 22/03/2000.