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Census of Fatal Occupational Injury in the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Industry

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. Special Issue (1):55-66 . (doi: 10.13031/2013.15375) @1998
Authors:   D. J. Murphy, A. M. Yoder
Keywords:   Surveillance systems, Occupational health, Injury, Fatalities

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has developed the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program to improve the collection of occupational injury data. This article: (a) analyzes CFOI data identified by the BLS as agriculturally related for the years 1992-1995; and (b) critically examines a limited number of variables to compare the CFOI data to previously published reports of agricultural occupational fatalities. The results suggest that the CFOI system does a good job of identifying and describing injuries that it views as agricultural occupational fatalities. Future analyses need to focus on the ability of the CFOI system to capture agricultural industry incidents involving farm workers who may have another usual occupation or are unpaid or volunteer helpers.

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