Saf Health Work.  2014 Sep;5(3):147-151. 10.1016/j.shaw.2014.05.001.

Nonfatal Occupational Injuries in Norwegian Farmers

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. kristin.svendsen@iot.ntnu.no
  • 2Department of Occupational Medicine, St. Olavs University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway.
  • 3Department of Occupational Medicine, Department of Public Health and General Practice, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Agriculture ranks among the most dangerous trades worldwide. There is, however, still a lack of knowledge on nonfatal injuries in agriculture. The aim of this study was to describe the nature and occurrence of nonfatal injuries in farmers in two counties in central Norway.
METHODS
A questionnaire was sent to 7,004 farmers in Norway. We asked for information about the respondents and the farm, whether the farmer had had work-related injuries on the farm during the past 12 months, and details about the incidence and seriousness of the injury.
RESULTS
A total of 2,699 respondents gave a response rate of 42%. Of the respondents, 249 (9.2%) reported one or more work-related injuries. The most usual cause of injury involved an animal, and >75% of these happened inside the outbuilding. Among these, 17.5% had a consequence of sick leave or a more serious result. When all the accidents were analyzed by stepwise logistic regression, only the variables: works alone, has >3,500 stipulated working hours at the farm, and the type of production were statistical significant explanatory variables for having an injury.
CONCLUSION
Incorporating safety aspects to a greater extend in the design and construction of outbuildings would make a substantial contribution to injury prevention in agriculture.

Keyword

accident; agricultural workers; farming; safety
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